Forged stamps of Transvaal

Z. Afr. Republiek

According to “The Transvaal Study Circle”, reprints outnumber originals many thousands to one. The reprints were made from the original printing plates by Mirza Hadi – a Parisian stamp dealer.

  • According to Serrane: “Specializing is indispensable”.
  • According to Stanley Gibbons: “Many examples of [the £5] on the market are forgeries and the stamps should only be purchased if accompanied by a recent expert committee certificate”.

Reprints were made on whiter thinner paper than the originals.

Assume reprint

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1870. Coat of Arms. Een Penny

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Genuine

Transvaal_1870_1p_Forgery3

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_1p_Forgery

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_1p_Forgery2

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_1p-red_Forgery

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_1p-orange_Forgery

Forgery

1870. Coat of Arms. Drie Pence

Forgeries

Transvaal_1870_3p_Forgery

Spiro forgery

Transvaal_1870_3p-red_Forgery2

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_3p-grey_Forgery

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_3p-red_Forgery

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_3p-red_Forgery3

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_3p_Torres_illustration

Illustration by Plácido Ramón de Torres: Album ilustrado de sellos de correo, Barcelona 1879. Torres sold illustrations to various dealers/forgers from 1864 onwards, as well as made forgeries himself.

1870. Coat of Arms. Zes Pence

Forgeries

Transvaal_1870_6p_Forgery

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_6p_Forgery2

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_6p_Torres_illustration

Illustration by Plácido Ramón de Torres: Album ilustrado de sellos de correo, Barcelona 1879. Torres sold illustrations to various dealers/forgers from 1864 onwards, as well as made forgeries himself.

Transvaal_1870_6p_Torres_illustration2

Illustration by Plácido Ramón de Torres: Album ilustrado de sellos de correo, Barcelona 1879. Torres sold illustrations to various dealers/forgers from 1864 onwards, as well as made forgeries himself.

1870. Coat of Arms. 1 Shilling

Forgeries

Transvaal_1green_Spiro_Forgery

Spiro forgery

Transvaal_1green_Forgery

Forgery

Transvaal_1870_1s_green_Forgery

Forgery

1877-1879. Surcharged ‘V.R. Transvaal’

Forgeries

Transvaal_1877_VR_Transvaal_Overprint_Forgery

Forgery

Transvaal_1877_VR_Transvaal_Overprint_Forgery2

Forgery

Transvaal_1877_VR_Transvaal_Overprint_Forgery3

Forgery

1885. Coat of Arms. 2 Pence

Forgery

Transvaal_2p_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1885. Coat of Arms. 2 1/2 Penny

Forgery

Transvaal_2half_penny_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1885. Coat of Arms. 3 Pence

Forgery

Transvaal_3p_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1885. Coat of Arms. 4 Pence

Reprint vs. Forgery

Transvaal_1885_4p_Reprint

Reprint

Transvaal_4p_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1885. Coat of Arms. 1 Shilling

Forgery

Transvaal_1sh_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1885. Coat of Arms. 2 Shilling & 6 Pence

Forgery

Transvaal_2sh6p_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1885. Coat of Arms. 5 Shilling

Forgery

Transvaal_5sh_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1885. Coat of Arms. 10 Shilling

Forgery

Transvaal_10sh_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1885. Coat of Arms. 5 Pound

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgeries

Transvaal_5pound_genuine

Genuine

Transvaal_5pound_monster-specimen_genuine

Genuine Specimen / Monster

Transvaal_5pound_reprint

Reprint from original plate

Transvaal_5pound_forgery

Forgery

Missing crossbar in ‘A’ in ‘AFR’

Transvaal_5pound_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

Experts

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Literature

For further research

  • I. B. Mathews: Handbook  on Transvaal Philately
  • Serrane: Page 342-345
  • Transvaal Study Circle: The Transvaal Philatelist

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