Forged Stamps of Tonga

1896. George I. Surcharged Half-Penny

Genuine vs. Forgery

Tonga_1896_Half-Penny_Block-of-Four_Genuine

Genuine. Notice the distance between A and L in Half

Tonga_1896_Half-Penny_Forgery

Forgery

Typewritten forgery. Letters A and L in Half are close together. The vertical Tongan wording is also forged.

Tonga_1896_Half-Penny_Forgery2

Forgery

Wrongly certified by “The Philatelic Foundation” as genuine. Certificate # 223393

Tonga_1896_Half-Penny_Forgery3

Forgery

Wrongly certified by “The Philatelic Foundation” as genuine. Certificate # 118570

1897. View of Haapai. 2 Shillings

Forgery

Tonga_1897_View-of-Haapai_2s_Forgery

Oversized forgery (42 x 29mm)

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Literature

For further research

  • 1-3,5. First issue, 1886-88. Specimen overprint: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, p.577.

  • 15a, 16a (Surcharge omitted). 1⁄2p on 1p, Carmine and black (omitted) overprint on Provisional issues, 1893. Fakes made by removing the surcharges in red and black: Sir Lacon Threlford, “Notes on Tonga and Fiji stamps”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 67 (May 1958): 92-99.

  • 82-86. Queen Salote’s Jubilee issue, 1944. Fraudulent postmark “Nukualofa 25 Ja 44”: letter of members of Pacific Islands Circle to Editor, The London Philatelist, Vol. 54 (April 1945): 38.

  • O3-O5. High values of the first Official issue, 1893. Sperati forgeries of basic stamps and overprint. British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, pp.64,65 and Plate 21. Robson Lowe, “Sperati and His Craft – XV”, The Philatelist, Vol. 20 (July 1954): 264-68.

  • Genuine cancellations: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, pp.576,77,606.

  • Two Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, OC 24/10, 25 JA 44. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, p.99.

  • Forged Nukual cancellation on K.G.VI: Letter of R. Gibbons to Editor (quoting from the Australian Stamp Journal ), The London Philatelist, Vol. 54 (December 1945): 38.

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