Forged Stamps of Zarki

Poczta miejska w Zarkach

Polish local issues

1918. Catholic Church in Zarki. 3 Halerzy

Issued 10. October 1918

Genuine vs. Forgery

Zarki_1918_3hal-6hal_type1-2_Genuine

Genuine type I + II

On October 18. stamps were overprinted with a surcharge doubling the postal rate. The double overprint above were due to an error made by the clerk at the post office. He first used an incorrect “10 Halerzy 10” rubber stamp. To correct the mistake, he then applied the correct “6 Halerzy 6” rubber stamp.

Zarki_1918_3hal_Forgery2

Abramson Forgery

Zarki_1918_3hal_type1

Genuine type I

Zarki_1918_3hal_type2

Genuine type II

1918. Catholic Church in Zarki. 5 Halerzy

Issued 10. October 1918

Genuine vs. Forgery

Zarki_1918_5hal_Genuine

Genuine

Zarki_1918_5hal_Forgery1

Abramson forgery

Zarki_1918_5hal_type1

Genuine type I

Zarki_1918_5hal_type2

Genuine type II

1918. Catholic Church in Zarki. 6 Halerzy

Issued 18. October 1918

Genuine vs. Forgery

Genuine type I

Zarki_1918_6hal_Abramson_Forgery

Abramson forgery

Zarki_1918_6hal_type1

Genuine type I

Zarki_1918_6hal_type2

Genuine type II

1918. Catholic Church in Zarki. 10 Halerzy

Issued 18. October 1918

Genuine vs. Forgery

Zarki_1918_10hal_type2_Genuine

Genuine type II

Zarki_1918_10hal_Proof_Abramson_Forgery

Abramson forged proof

Zarki_1918_10hal_type1

Genuine type I

Zarki_1918_10hal_type2

Genuine type II

1918. Catholic Church in Zarki. 12 Halerzy

Issued 10. October 1918

Genuine vs. Forgery

Zarki_12hal_type1_Genuine

Genuine type I

Zarki_12hal_surcharged_24_type1_Genuine

Genuine type II

Abramson forgery

Zarki_1918_12hal_type1

Genuine type I

Zarki_1918_12hal_type2

Genuine type II

1918. Catholic Church in Zarki. 24 Halerzy

Issued 18. October 1918

Genuine vs. Forgery

Zarki_1918_24hal_type2_Genuine

Genuine type II

Abramson forgery

Zarki_1918_24hal_type1

Genuine type I

Zarki_1918_24hal_type2

Genuine type II

Characteristics

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Forgeries were made by S. Abramson in 1928 with the same printing press as the genuine.

Genuine

Characteristics

The first of the three people in the foreground is standing up

Postmark diameter: 36mm

Perforated 11.5

The center circular window over the church door is in a crescent laying on its back from the 6-9 o’clock position

The tree is lighter at the top & the wagon below the tree is darker

The wagon at the lower left corner is bright & clear

The 2 wagons at the lower right corner has a narrow line dividing them

Forgeries

Characteristics

The first of the three people in the foreground is kneeling

Postmark diameter: 34mm

Perforated misc.

The center circular window over the church door is in a crescent standing from about 7.5-10.5 0’clock position

The tree top is darker while the wagon is brighter

The wagon at the lower left corner is dark & difficult to see

The 2 wagons at the lower right corner has a wide heavily shade area

Postmark

Zarki_Postmark_Genuine

Genuine. Diameter 36mm 

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Literature

For further research

  • 5, 10, 24 Local Issue Zarki, 1918. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 11, “German Occupation 1914-1918“ (Michel Poland 1918 Local Issue Zarki 1-3, 7-9).

  • 3, 5, 12 Local Issue Zarki, 1918. Two forgeries: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 11, “German Occupation 1914-1918“ (Michel Poland 1918 Local Issue Zarki 6-8).

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