Counterfeits, Forgeries, Altered Stamps

These items are shown here for reference purposes. They may be deliberate attempts to fake higher-value stamps, or they may be items that turned out to not be what they were thought to be when expertized.

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Scott # 279

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Faked provisional overprint.

Scott # R3a

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Purchased as a fake, the decision by The Philatelic Foundation (1986 cert) is an interesting one. I have no doubt that it is not an R3a; the side margins are too tight. However, I question their determination that it is an R3d (silk paper). I scoured both sides of the stamp with 30x magnification and could find no evidence of blue silk threads. Making such a determination based on ink or paper color is not conclusive.

Scott # R3b

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R3b trimmed at top and bottom to appear to be an R3a. Handstamp with inverted year slug.

Scott # R3b

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Has characteristics similar to the Hart L. Pierce counterfeits.

Scott # R3c

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Scott # R3c

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Hart L. Pierce counterfeit with full original gum.

Scott # R6b

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Likely a trimmed fake. The cuts at left and right don't look right.

Scott # R6c

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Scott # R7c

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Scott # R8c

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Looks like someone trimmed it in an attempt to create an R8b, which does not exist. Still has a nice cancel though.

Scott # R13c

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Scott # R18b

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Importer. R18c Trimmed to appear as an R18b.

Scott # R18b

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Wrong color for an early printing, in my opinion. Likely a misperfed R18c that has been trimmed.

Scott # R30c

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Scott # R30c

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Someone attempted to fake an R30a (which does not exist, according to Scott) by trimming perfs off an oversized R30c.

Scott # R32b

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Scott # R33b

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The top and bottom margins are too small and a bit too uneven to consider this a legitimate R33b.

Scott # R36a

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Cancel type N-11AX. The jaggedness of the cuts would indicate that this is a trimmed-down R36b intended to fool people as an R36a. There appear to be residual perforations at bottom.

Scott # R36e

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Scott # R43b

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Great cancel, but top and bottom margins are too small to be sure that it is a legitimate part perf.

Scott # R44c

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Scott # R50b

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Scott # R51a

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Scott # R52d

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Silk fibers, but according to APEX 'not the silk fiber indicative of silk paper on the First issue' so apparently this is not a legit silk paper. Displayed here for informational purposes.

Scott # R53a

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Scott # R53a

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Scott # R54c

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Fake bisect and overprint created by a dealer in the 1930s. Note that the stamp was overprinted twice, once before being affixed, perpendicular to the overprint on the document.

Scott # R66b

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Scott # R69b

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Scott # R83b

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According to Scott, this doesn't exist. Most likely an R83c margin copy that someone trimmed top and/or bottom perfs from.

Scott # R105

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Scott # R109

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Scott # R137

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Scott # RB15c

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2009 APEX certificate. Purchased as a reference fake, a very crude attempt at faking roulettes. The only saving grace is the blue script handstamp cancel.

Scott # RB18c

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2009 APEX certificate. Purchased as a reference fake, this has got to be the most crude attempt at forging roulettes I have ever seen. The edges are crooked!

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