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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
279 Faked provisional overprint.
Scott # R3a
R3a 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
R3b R3b trimmed at top and bottom to appear to be an R3a. Handstamp with inverted year slug.
R3b Has characteristics similar to the Hart L. Pierce counterfeits.
Scott # R3c
R3c This one is a true oddity. Is it a counterfeit, a college/training stamp, or something else? The design is VERY crude and the color is completely different from the actual stamp. It does not appear to be a modern creation, as the red is not composed of CMYK.
R3c Hart L. Pierce counterfeit with full original gum.
Scott # R6b
R6b Likely a trimmed fake. The cuts at left and right don't look right.
Scott # R6c
R6c Trimmed to appear as an R6b. Close examination appears that the stamp was trimmed while still on the document. See this closeup image for a high-resolution image of just the stamp.
Scott # R7c
R7c Blind perfs top and bottom; trimmed left and right.
Scott # R8c
R8c Looks like someone trimmed it in an attempt to create an R8b, which does not exist. Still has a nice cancel though.
Scott # R18b
R18b Importer. R18c Trimmed to appear as an R18b.
R18b Wrong color for an early printing, in my opinion. Likely a misperfed R18c that has been trimmed.
Scott # R30c
R30c An R30b part perforate does not exist, which is why I have it marked as a fake. It had to have been trimmed, but that had to have been the largest top and bottom margins ever seen on the type. You can see just a hint of the stamp above at top. Even though it's bogus, it's an extremely neat item. There has subsequently been discussion that this may actually not be a fake after all, as this is not the only known example of a possible R30b that is very convincing.
R30c Someone attempted to fake an R30a (which does not exist, according to Scott) by trimming perfs off an oversized R30c.
Scott # R32b
R32b Ship brokers. Vertical pair with great handstamp cancel. Unfortunately it's actually a pair of R32a that someone has added perfs to at left and right.
Scott # R33b
R33b The top and bottom margins are too small and a bit too uneven to consider this a legitimate R33b.
Scott # R36a
R36a 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
R36e Very unusual! 4 'bisects' on one indenture document. Three partial R36c, two being halves of the same stamp, as well as a bisected R37b which is not listed in Scott. Together, along with the R52c, they comprise the correct 50-cent tax on the $500 transaction. I classify this as a 'fake' as they are not bisects in the truest sense of the word, more likely someone either (1) using up pieces on hand or more likely (2) trying to cheat the government by re-using uncanceled portions of previously used revenue stamps. Still an unusual and interesting item.
Scott # R43b
R43b Great cancel, but top and bottom margins are too small to be sure that it is a legitimate part perf.
Scott # R44c
R44c Fake overprint created in the 1930s by an enterprising stamp dealer.
Scott # R50b
R50b Someone ruined a nice imperf pair in an attempt to create an R50b pair ($2,750). Those perfs wander all over the place.
Scott # R52d
R52d 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
R53a I have this on the 'Fake' page of the site, because the margins are virtually nonexistent, and it was purchased as being NOT a legitimate R53a. However, the stamp is barely tied to the document at the very top, so I do not believe it to be a philatelic creation. Rather, for whatever reason, the party originally affixing the stamp trimmed it close. There is no way to know if this stamp is an R53a, R53b, or R53c. Still, an interesting item.
R53a Actually it isn't a real R53a. It's most likely a margin copy of R53b that has been trimmed down in an attempt to fake an R53a. Nice try.
Scott # R54c
R54c 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 # R65a
R65a This one is a shame. On first glance it looks legit, but close examination shows trimmed perforations at lower left.
Scott # R66b
R66b 2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Purchased as a fake for reference purposes. An R66a that someone perforated on the left and right sides. The perfs are the coorect gauge (12), but are too irregular.
Scott # R69b
R69b 2011 PSAG Cert. Is actually an R69a imperf that has been perforated on two sides to fake an R69b.
Scott # R83b
R83b According to Scott, this doesn't exist. Most likely an R83c margin copy that someone trimmed top and/or bottom perfs from.
Scott # R85a
R85a A travesty. Some idiot destroyed a perfectly good R85c in an attempt to create a R85a. Multiple strikes from the Pacific Mail steamship Henry Chauncey. If this had not been trimmed, it would be a $150-250 item.
Scott # R86a
R86a A travesty. Some idiot destroyed a perfectly good R86c in an attempt to create a R86a. Three strikes from the Pacific Mail steamship Arizona. If this had not been trimmed, it would be a $150-250 item.
Scott # R105
R105 There were no part perforated 2nd issue revenues, so someone likely decided to get inventive and trim down an oversized example.
Scott # R109
R109 Likely a fabrication. Illegal use of revenue as postage on a flight cover.
Scott # R137
R137 There were no part perforated 3rd issue revenues, so someone likely decided to get inventive and trim down an oversized example.
Scott # RB15c
RB15c 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
RB18c 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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