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Identifying SG66 shade variations Vs altered stamps



Now for this stamp class, I do not have any forgeries to demonstrate but I do have re-perforated stamp specimens.


SG66, SG66b and SG66c “Five Pence” in value, yellow-olive, olive-green, bronze-green in colors respectively, crown small “cc” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper, portrait of Her majesty Queen Victoria similar to SG1.

SG66 and variations. In my opinion following is the order. SG66, SG66b, SG66b, SG66c. Note the first SG66b has a dated handstamp cancel. Also, note the second SG66b has a rust mark. These are the things you need to be aware, analyze before you purchase genuine stamps
SG66 and variations. In my opinion following is the order. SG66, SG66b, SG66b, SG66c. Note the first SG66b has a dated handstamp cancel. Also, note the second SG66b has a rust mark. These are the things you need to be aware, analyze before you purchase genuine stamps


Following image contains some watermark variations too.

SG66 shade variations and watermark variations
SG66 shade variations and watermark variations


Following two stamps are the re-perforated stamps. These two stamps contains reversed crown small “cc” watermark. Note the straight edges of both stamps and how the holes on each edge are having sharp cuts (no pulled fibers).

Re-perforated SG66 variations. Note the watermark variations too, but now these stamps worth nothing. Note the topmost edge of the leftmost stamp and left and bottom edges of the rightmost stamp (Front scan). Try to grasp the condition of a re-perforated edge
Re-perforated SG66 variations. Note the watermark variations too, but now these stamps worth nothing. Note the topmost edge of the leftmost stamp and left and bottom edges of the rightmost stamp (Front scan). Try to grasp the condition of a re-perforated edge


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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Identifying SG134 Vs altered/ re-perforated stamps



Now for this stamp class, I do not have any forgeries to demonstrate but I do have a re-perforated stamp specimen.


SG134 “Two Cents” in value, gray in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper, Perforation P14 by 12 ½.

Genuine SG134
Genuine SG134


Following image shows how SG134 measured against perforation gauge.

Genuine SG134 on a perforation gauge
Genuine SG134 on a perforation gauge


Following stamp is the re-perforated stamp specimen I have in my library for SG134. Note how the right edge of this stamp is straight edged and how the holes are having sharp cuts (no pulled fibers) on that edge.

Altered SG134. Note the rightmost edge of this stamp
Altered SG134. Note the rightmost edge of this stamp


Following image shows how SG134 measured against perforation gauge.

Altered SG134 on perforation gauge
Altered SG134 on perforation gauge


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Identifying SG130, SG157, SG168 Vs Forgeries



SG130 “Forty-eight Cents” in value, rose in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria. SG130 contains perforation P14. Stanley Gibbons catalogue mention about shade variations of this stamp, so pay attention to that point as well.

Genuine SG130 and SG130W. Note the up-side-down crown and reversed "CC" of the rightmost stamp
Genuine SG130 and SG130W. Note the up-side-down crown and reversed "CC" of the rightmost stamp


SG157 surcharged to “Five Cents on Forty-eight”, rose in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria identical to SG130. SG157 contains perforation P14 as well. Stanley Gibbons catalogue mention about shade variations of this stamp, so pay attention to that point as well.

Genuine SG157, surcharged 5c on 48c
Genuine SG157, surcharged 5c on 48c


SG168 surcharged to “Twenty-eight Cents on Forty-eight”, rose in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria identical to SG130. SG168 contains perforation P14 as well. Stanley Gibbons catalogue mention about shade variations of this stamp, so pay attention to that point as well.

Genuine SG168, surcharged 28c on 48c
Genuine SG168, surcharged 28c on 48c


Following is the forgery specimen I have in my library. This stamp is not rose but rather red/crimson-red in color to me. This stamp printed on a fiber-rich white sort of hard paper, there is no watermark visible from the reverse of the stamp, and some edges have perforations too. Compare the foreground and background of the genuine stamps I listed above and you will get the idea. Notice the drastic differences of the queen’s portrait along with other granular details of the background.

SG130 Forgery specimen I have in my library
SG130 Forgery specimen I have in my library


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds

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Identifying SG126 Vs Forgeries



SG126 “Sixteen Cents” in value, pale-violet in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria. SG126 contains perforation P14.

Genuine SG126 pale-violet stamp
Genuine SG126 pale-violet stamp


Following is the forgery specimen I have in my library. This stamp appear light blue in color. This stamp lithographed on a fiber-rich white paper, which has a genuine crown “CA” watermark on it but I see wired “C” position when this is looked from a bright light source and by using watermark detection fluid. Now, SG151 is also a pale-violet, “Sixteen Cents” stamp with a crown “CA” and I do not think the stamp I added as the forgery is SG151, you can judge this for yourself and let me know your thought as well :). Compare the foreground and background of the genuine stamp I listed above and you will get the idea. Notice the drastic differences of the queen’s portrait along with other granular details of the background.

Forged SG126 pale-blue in color
Forged SG126 pale-blue in color

How the forgery appear under a bright light source and by using watermark detection fluid
How the forgery appear under a bright light source and by using watermark detection fluid


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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chandimafonseka wrote:
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Following is the forgery specimen I have in my library. This stamp appear light blue in color. This stamp lithographed on a fiber-rich white paper, which has a genuine crown “CA” watermark on it but I see wired “C” position when this is looked from a bright light source and by using watermark detection fluid. Now, SG151 is also a pale-violet, “Sixteen Cents” stamp with a crown “CA” and I do not think the stamp I added as the forgery is SG151, you can judge this for yourself and let me know your thought as well :). Compare the foreground and background of the genuine stamp I listed above and you will get the idea. Notice the drastic differences of the queen’s portrait along with other granular details of the background.



I think this has just been bleached and the print is just breaking up.


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Global Administrator wrote:
08 Apr 2021 13:37

I think this has just been bleached and the print is just breaking up.


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Here we go and thanks a lot for your input admin. I was always in a doubt that there is something not right with this stamp. Color of this stamp is the main point which perplexed me a lot and now I know the reason. I never tried to bleach a stamp but I am going to try that and see for myself...and I will share the results if I have any...


I think still this is a good example of an altered stamp and the readers know the reason, including myself :). I am glad that I added this stamp to this thread.

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Identifying SG153 Vs Forgeries



SG153 surcharged to “Five Cents on Sixteen” in value, pale-violet in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria similar to SG126. SG153 contains perforation P14. This is a very expensive stamp and Stanley Gibbons catalogue lists the used stamp’s price as GBP3000 (as per the second edition of Burma & Sri Lanka catalogue). Now, I do not have this stamp in my collection but the print is identical to SG180, therefore I will give an image of SG180 without any reverse scans. Note how the “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue” letters in the genuine stamps I provided.

SG180 Genuine stamp. This stamp's front is identical to SG153
SG180 Genuine stamp. This stamp's front is identical to SG153


Following is the forgery specimen I have in my library. Forger actually used a genuine SG126 to print “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue”. Portrait characteristics are identical to SG126 including perforation too. Note how the “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue” arranged. Compare every character to the genuine stamp and you will spot almost every character is different in the forgery.

SG153 Forgery specimen in my library
SG153 Forgery specimen in my library


Following is the image of how this forged stamp looks when the watermark detection fluid applied and exposed to a bright light source.

SG153 Forgery. Note how this stamp is visible against a bright light source and watermark detection fluid.
SG153 Forgery. Note how this stamp is visible against a bright light source and watermark detection fluid.
Let me know your comments on this stamp :).


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http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
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Identifying SG154 Vs Forgeries



SG154 surcharged to “Five Cents on Twenty-four” in value, green in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria. SG154 contains perforation P14. Note how the “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue” letters in the genuine stamps I provided.

Genuine SG154
Genuine SG154


Following is the forgery specimen I have in my library. Forger actually used a genuine SG127 to print “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue”. Portrait characteristics are identical to SG127 including perforation too. Note how the “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue” arranged, especially pay attention to “C” in CENTS. Compare every character to the genuine stamp and you will spot many differences in the forgery.

SG154 forgery specimen I have in my library
SG154 forgery specimen I have in my library


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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Identifying SG178 Vs Forgeries



SG178 surcharged to “Five Cents on Four” in value, rose in color, crown “CA” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria. SG178 contains perforation P14. Note how the “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue” letters in the genuine stamps I provided. In addition, I found a “Postal Commission 3 Cents” printed on this stamp, which is a genuine stamp.

Genuine SG178 and other overprints
Genuine SG178 and other overprints


Now, there is a 4c stamp exists in rosy mauve in color, crown "CA" watermark, which is SG148, but never ever surcharged to hold “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue”. There is a clear note about this in Stanley Gibbons catalogue as well and they listed the surcharged stamp as a forgery too. For your reference, I have added an image of the genuine SG148.

Genuine SG148
Genuine SG148


Following are the forgery specimens, which I have in my library (note the up side down surcharge as well). Forger actually used a genuine SG148 to print “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue”. Portrait characteristics are identical to SG148 including perforation too. Note how the “Postage & FIVE CENTS Revenue” arranged; especially pay attention to “C” in CENTS (check the other characters too). Compare every character to the genuine stamp and you will spot many differences in the forgeries.

Forgeries printed on a genuine SG148 which has a crown CA watermark
Forgeries printed on a genuine SG148 which has a crown CA watermark


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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Identifying SG162 Vs Forgeries



SG162 surcharged to “Ten Cents on Twenty-four” in value, green in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria. SG162 contains perforation P14. Note how the “TEN CENTS” letters in the genuine stamps I provided.

SG162 genuine samples
SG162 genuine samples


Following is the forgery specimen, which I have in my library. Forger actually used a genuine SG127 to print “TEN CENTS”. Portrait characteristics are identical to SG127 including perforation too. Note how the “TEN CENTS” arranged. Compare every character to the genuine stamp and you will spot many differences in the forgeries. Note the “TEN” is double-printed like one albino and "TEN CENTS" alignment is off too.

SG162 forgery specimen I have in my library
SG162 forgery specimen I have in my library


Let me know your thoughts about this stamp forgery as well :).


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http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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Identifying SG185



Now I do not know whether the stamp I listed in forgeries section is a real forgery or a plate issue. Therefore, I will leave this for you to judge and if you have any comments on this, please share with me too :).


SG185 surcharged “Ten Cents on Twenty four”, purple-brown in color, crown “CA” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria. SG185 contains perforation P14. Note how the “TEN CENTS” letters arranged in the genuine stamps I provided.

SG185 Genuine stamp
SG185 Genuine stamp


Now this is the suspicious stamp to me. Everything is identical to the genuine except some differences in “TEN CENTS”. Note how the “T” is having an awkward shape. Also note the broken “E” (this may be a plate flaw, I do not know, you judge and let me know :)) and the appearance of the “S” as well.

SG185. You will be the judge to tell me whether this is genuine or not
SG185. You will be the judge to tell me whether this is genuine or not


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
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Identifying SG166, SG166a Vs Altered Stamps



SG166 surcharged to “Twenty Cents on Thirty-two” in value, slate gray in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria. SG166 contains perforation P14.


SG166a surcharged to “Twenty Cents on Thirty-two” in value, dark gray in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria. SG166a contains perforation P14.


Pay your attention to all four edges of both stamps too while enjoying the genuine stamps :).

Genuine stamps of SG166 and SG166a
Genuine stamps of SG166 and SG166a


I do not have any forgery specimens but I do have a re-perforated SG166 specimen in my library. I want you to draw your attention to the leftmost edge of the front scan. Notice how the leftmost edge has a straight edge. In addition, check the perforation holes and those have sharp cuts and no pulled fibers (I demonstrated this in one of my previous posts :))

Re-perforated SG166. Notice the leftmost edge of the front scan of this stamp
Re-perforated SG166. Notice the leftmost edge of the front scan of this stamp


Let me know your thoughts about this stamp forgery as well :).


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/

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Identifying SG132, SG170, SG192 Vs Forgeries



SG132, “Ninety-six Cents” in value, darb in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria. SG132 contains perforation P14.


SG170, surcharged as “FIFTY-SIX CENTS on Ninety-six” in value, darb in color, crown “CC” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria identical to SG132. SG170 contains perforation P14 as well.


SG192 surcharged as “56 CENTS on Ninety-six” in value, darb in color, crown “CA” watermark, printed on a fiber-rich white paper by De La Rue & Co. Ltd London, portrait of Queen Victoria identical to SG132. SG192 contains perforation P14 as well.


Following image contain all the stamps described above and first two from left is SG132 and shade variations, third from left is SG172 and the rightmost stamp is SG192 respectively.

Genuine SG132 SG170 and SG192 stamps
Genuine SG132 SG170 and SG192 stamps


Following is the forgery specimen I have in my library, I did some research on this, and this seem to be a forgery produced by “Jean De Sperati”. If you want to read more about this mater forger download the following PDF from the below link.


http://wyzaerd-pf-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/JanMar90-Sperati.pdf


From the reverse scan, I do not see any watermark at all but rather this stamp printed on a fiber-rich white hard paper, all four edges contain rough perforation (I have not measured this against the gauge though). Compare the details of the foreground and background. Note how forger tried to match details of the forgery to the genuine. Color of the stamp is not darb and note the face of the queen in genuine stamp is more appealing than the forgery.

SG132 forgery specimen in my library
SG132 forgery specimen in my library


Let me know your thoughts about this stamp forgery as well :).


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds

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Identifying SG138, SG141 Vs Forgeries



Unfortunately, I do not have SG138 and SG141 in my collection (both are dull-rose, crown “CC” watermark, P12 ½ * 14 and P12 ½ respectively, portrait of Queen Victoria), but I have an elegant forgery to share with you. What is amazing about this fantastic forgery is that this stamp has an extra-large Crown watermark, which is like a genuine watermark. I have no idea how forger produced this stamp with this fantastic watermark. In addition, perforations are like in a genuine stamp and I read the perforation as P14. Note how genuine the perforations of all edges of this stamp is. Forgery is not a dull-rose color but rather it is brick red in color to me. Following is the forgery specimen, which is in my library.

SG138 Forgery specimen
SG138 Forgery specimen


Following image shows how this forged stamp appear under a bright light source. Note the watermark and I have no idea how this watermark added to this stamp.

Forgery specimen's watermark
Forgery specimen's watermark


Now, there are several other stamps produced in similar design, with same face value but with different colors and surcharged stamps. For your reference, I provide an image of the following genuine stamps.

Genuine stamps which has same portrait but different colors and surcharges.
Genuine stamps which has same portrait but different colors and surcharges.


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


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Identifying SG239, SG240 Vs Forgeries



About the genuine stamps, nothing much to say and you can read more details about this from the Stanley Gibbons catalog. Following are the images of the genuine stamps. Note “FIFTEEN CENTS” and every character of these stamps.

Genuine stamps of SG239 and SG240
Genuine stamps of SG239 and SG240


Following is the SG239 forgery specimen I have in my library. Note the appearance of “FIFTEEN CENTS” and compare that with the genuine stamp. You will spot all the differences.

SG239 Forgery specimen
SG239 Forgery specimen


Now SG240 forgery, I am not 100% sure whether this is a forgery but due to the appearance of all “E”s in “FIFTEEN CENTS”, I categorized this stamp as a forgery. Now you will be the judge for this stamp and let me know your opinion about this stamp whether it is a forgery or not :).

SG240 Forgery specimen
SG240 Forgery specimen


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


Best regards,
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chandimafonseka wrote:
10 Apr 2021 03:28
Identifying SG138, SG141 Vs Forgeries



Unfortunately, I do not have SG138 and SG141 in my collection (both are dull-rose, crown “CC” watermark, P12 ½ * 14 and P12 ½ respectively, portrait of Queen Victoria), but I have an elegant forgery to share with you. What is amazing about this fantastic forgery is that this stamp has an extra-large Crown watermark, which is like a genuine watermark. I have no idea how forger produced this stamp with this fantastic watermark. In addition, perforations are like in a genuine stamp and I read the perforation as P14. Note how genuine the perforations of all edges of this stamp is. Forgery is not a dull-rose color but rather it is brick red in color to me. Following is the forgery specimen, which is in my library.


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Following image shows how this forged stamp appear under a bright light source. Note the watermark and I have no idea how this watermark added to this stamp.


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Now, there are several other stamps produced in similar design, with same face value but with different colors and surcharged stamps. For your reference, I provide an image of the following genuine stamps.


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http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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Could the forgery perhaps be on genuine watermarked paper but meant for revenue stamps or similar uses? This sort of thing is a known technique of forgers to use genuine paper on their wares.

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Could the forgery perhaps be on genuine watermarked paper but meant for revenue stamps or similar uses? This sort of thing is a known technique of forgers to use genuine paper on their wares.
Hi GB 789,
I have never seen this type of crown before in any of the Ceylon stamps but as you mentioned, may be the paper used to produce this forgery could be a genuine paper for a different country. This is actually a very interesting specimen and even the crown is perfectly visible with the watermark detection fluid. Take a look at the following image.

Note how the large unknown crown is visible when watermark detection fluid is applied
Note how the large unknown crown is visible when watermark detection fluid is applied



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http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds

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Identifying SG208 Vs Forgeries



Following are the images of the genuine stamps and variations I have in my collection. Note “Two Cents” and every character of these stamps.

Genuine SG208 and SG208a
Genuine SG208 and SG208a


Following is the first SG208 forgery specimen I have in my library. Forger used a genuine SG148 4 Cents Rosy-Mauve, crown “CA” watermarked stamp to produce this forgery. Note the appearance of “Two Cents” and compare that with the genuine stamp. You will spot all the differences.

1st Forgery of SG208
1st Forgery of SG208


Now, the second forgery I have in my library is very interesting. “Two” and “Cents” are on two separate lines rather than on the same line. Forger used a genuine SG148 4 Cents Rosy-Mauve, crown “CA” watermarked stamp to produce this forgery. Note the appearance of “Two Cents” and compare that with the genuine stamp. You will spot all the differences.

2nd Forgery of SG208
2nd Forgery of SG208


Following specimens, which I have in my library, which is missing the solid obliterator line, I suspect these are forgeries too. I compared the character lengths of these forgeries and the readings are not matching with the genuine stamps. Note how “o” in “Two” and “s” in “Cents” are very different when compared with the genuine. You will be the judge for these specimens and let me know your thoughts as well.


If you carefully look the cancellation marks, the ink used for the cancellation is on top of the “Two Cents” printing (overlapped overprint and cancellation points). If these stamps were first canceled and then overprinted on canceled stamps, then the cancellations marks should be hidden from “Two Cents”, but in these stamps, under a strong magnification, I found that the cancellations were applied later on the overprints.

Other suspected forgeries I have in my library
Other suspected forgeries I have in my library

Overprints and cancellation marks magnifined
Overprints and cancellation marks magnifined


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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Do not forget the following web resources on Ceylon stamp forgeries - http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon and
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds

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Identifying SG206 Vs Forgeries



Following are the images of the genuine SG206 stamps and slight shade variations I have in my collection. This stamp is SG148 surcharged to “2 Cents”, Rosy Mauve in color, crown “CA” watermark, P14. Note “2 Cents” and every character of these stamps.

Genuine SG206 and some shade variations
Genuine SG206 and some shade variations


Following is the SG206 forgery specimen I have in my library. Forger used a genuine SG148 4 Cents Rosy-Mauve, crown “CA” watermarked stamp to produce this forgery. Note the appearance of “2 Cents” and compare that with the genuine stamp. You will spot all the differences.

SG206 forgery  in my library
SG206 forgery in my library


SG207 also is same as SG206 and the only difference is the color of the stamp, which is Rose. I added few images from my collection for your reference too.

Genuine SG207
Genuine SG207
Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds

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Identifying SG241 Vs Forgeries



Following are the images of the genuine SG241 stamp along with other overprint variations I have in my collection. In the following image, SG241 is the leftmost stamp :). This stamp is SG148 surcharged to “3 Cents”, Rosy Mauve in color, crown “CA” watermark, P14. Note “3 Cents” and every character of the leftmost stamp (This is the SG241).

Genuine SG241 and other non-SG241 overprints. Leftmost stamp is the SG241
Genuine SG241 and other non-SG241 overprints. Leftmost stamp is the SG241


Following is the SG241 forgery specimen I have in my library. Forger used a genuine SG123 4 Cents Rosy-Mauve, crown “CC” watermarked stamp to produce this forgery. Note the appearance of “3 Cents” and compare that with the genuine stamp. You will spot all the differences.

SG241 Forgery specimen in my library
SG241 Forgery specimen in my library


Following is an image of how this stamp appear under a bright light source. Note the crown “CC” watermark. Now how cool this forgery is :)

Forgery specimen under a bright light source. Note the Crown "CC" watermark instead of Crown "CA" watermark
Forgery specimen under a bright light source. Note the Crown "CC" watermark instead of Crown "CA" watermark


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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Do not forget the following web resources on Ceylon stamp forgeries - http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon and
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds

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Identifying SG318 Vs Altered stamps



For SG318 I do not have any forgeries but I do have a cool re-gummed example for you to demonstrate.


Following are the images of SG318 (die I) and SG318b (die II). Two leftmost stamps are SG318 and the rightmost stamp is SG318b.

Genuine SG318 and Sg318b. Two leftmost stamps are the SG318 and rightmost stamp is SG318b
Genuine SG318 and Sg318b. Two leftmost stamps are the SG318 and rightmost stamp is SG318b


Following is the SG318 re-gummed specimen I have in my library. If I touch the paper of this stamp, I feel the hardness of this stamp and that is not very normal.

SG318b re-gummed example
SG318b re-gummed example


I have captured a close-up of the above stamp’s edges. From the left edge, note how the long dried gum fibers spread all over the black surface. Do not think these are paper fibers. I kept these fibers as is rather than removing those, so one day when this collection owned by someone, that person knows what to look for :) :) :) .

SG318b re-gummed stamp's edges in zoomed view
SG318b re-gummed stamp's edges in zoomed view


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http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds

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Identifying SGO12 Vs Forgeries



Following is the images of SGO12. “On Service” printed on a genuine SG245, which is a P14, crown “CA” watermark, terracotta and blue-green in color.

Genuine SGO12 stamp
Genuine SGO12 stamp


Following is the SGO12 forgery specimen I have in my library. Compare “On Service” in genuine vs forgery. For your easy reference, I have added a side-by-side comparison of the stamps too.

SGO12 forgery specimen in my library
SGO12 forgery specimen in my library


Side-by-Side comparison of SGO12 vs forgery. Left stamp is the genuine and the right is the forgery.

SGO12 - Genuine Vs Forgery, side-by-side comparison
SGO12 - Genuine Vs Forgery, side-by-side comparison


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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Do not forget the following web resources on Ceylon stamp forgeries - http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon and
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds

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SG320, SG321, SG322, SG323, SG358, SG359, SG360



I have seen lots of forgeries of SG320, SG321, SG322, SG323, SG358, SG359, SG360 (these are high value stamps printed in 1923-1924). There are lots of reprinted specimens of these stamps. Also, I have seen lots of faked cancellations used in genuine stamps to mimic the "Postal Usage" of the stamp. Now in 1921 Rs.100, Rs.500 and RS.1000 means a lot of money like millions in now and there is no way these stamps used for postal purposes. I got to know from one of the lawyers (who has passed away now) these stamps were used for revenue purposes for acres of tea estates in Ceylon.


For your reference, I thought to add the revenue canceled set which I have in my collection. I wanted to find a revenue cancelled set to ensure the authenticity of the stamps :) :) :)

Genuine SG320, SG321, SG322, SG323, SG358, SG359, SG360 revenue cancelled
Genuine SG320, SG321, SG322, SG323, SG358, SG359, SG360 revenue cancelled


Following are the reprint samples I have in my library. These are printed on a very soft paper and no gum at all.

Reprints of high value stamps
Reprints of high value stamps


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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Do not forget the following web resources on Ceylon stamp forgeries - http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon and
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds

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Identifying SG362 Vs Forgeries



Now, I am not sure whether the forgeries I listed here are really forgeries or a genuine error, but for your information, I am listing those as well.


Following is the Genuine SG362 I have in my collection. This stamp is actually SG343 surcharged to “2 Cents”, bright violet in color and a script “CA” watermark.

Genuine SG362
Genuine SG362


Following set of stamps, which I have doubts about genuine vs forgery. As per the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, there is no indication of SG363 with “Obliterator Bar Omitted”. In addition, printing ink smudged too, so in my opinion this could be a forgery.

SG362 Forgery Specimen I
SG362 Forgery Specimen I


Following set of stamps, which I have doubts about genuine vs forgery too. As per the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, there is no indication of SG363 with “Surcharge and Obliterator Bar” upside down. In addition, printing ink smudged too, so in my opinion this could be a forgery.

SG362 Forgery Specimen II
SG362 Forgery Specimen II


You are the judge for these stamps and let me know what you think about these stamps too :).


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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I have some reprints of King George VI as well. I think anybody can clearly identify these stamps but if you wish to see these reprints as well, let me know and I will add those to this thread as well. The reason I am not adding those to this thread because I have every perforation variation of these genuine stamps side by side with the reprint, so the scan is going to be large. :) :) :)

However, sooner I will demonstrate a cool forgery of SG387fa, apostrophe flaw forgery. That is very difficult to find unless you view the stamp using a high magnification loupe (I am using 40X loupe).

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Identifying SG387f, SG387fa, SG387g Vs Forgeries



Few years ago, I received a horde of worldwide collection and my attention caught on the 1943 Ceylon section because that section had a very interesting specimen. I thought this is a gem which I found in this collection but things were more interesting when I analyzed this stamp by using a 40X magnification loupe and guess what… This is a cool forgery and someone tried to alter this stamp to be a SG387fa. Luckily, I have a half a sheet of SG387f, which includes SG387fa stamp and a single genuine used stamp to compare things. :) :) :)


SG387f, SG387fa, SG387g KG-VI issues and all stamps has a script “CA” watermark. All these stamps are sage green and orange in color and holds a picture of Ceylon Coconut Palms. Following image depicts SG387f, SG387fa, and SG387g respectively.

Genuine SG387f SG387fa and SG387g respectively
Genuine SG387f SG387fa and SG387g respectively


Following is the forgery specimen I found. This is a genuine stamp but altered meticulously to mimic SG387fa. This stamp looks perfectly fine in the following image and nobody will spot the problem by just looking at the stamp. Look into the following image and see whether you identified the problem. :) :) :)

SG387fa Forgery specimen
SG387fa Forgery specimen


Now, if you are unable to tell the difference, take look into this Genuine Vs Forgery side-by-side comparison. Can you still identify this stamp as an altered stamp (if so, you are the master :))? Read further if you cannot identify the issue and the fun part begins.

SG387fa Genuine Vs Forgery - Side-By-Side comparison
SG387fa Genuine Vs Forgery - Side-By-Side comparison


Now, this is the interesting part of the stamp. I zoomed the stamp to 300X and now see the difference. “Apostrophe” redrawn with sort of red ink, not orange :).

Top image is the genuine stamp zoomed to 300X and the bottom image is the forgery zoomed to 300X
Top image is the genuine stamp zoomed to 300X and the bottom image is the forgery zoomed to 300X


As you can see, there are many dangerous forgeries out there in the market and I hope you find this thread helpful to identify the forgeries of Ceylon. :)


Do not forget the following resources about Ceylon forgeries too…


http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon/
http://stampforgeries.com/forged-stamps-of-ceylon-album-weeds/


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chandimafonseka wrote:
11 Apr 2021 02:48
Identifying SG362 Vs Forgeries



Now, I am not sure whether the forgeries I listed here are really forgeries or a genuine error, but for your information, I am listing those as well.


Following is the Genuine SG362 I have in my collection. This stamp is actually SG343 surcharged to “2 Cents”, bright violet in color and a script “CA” watermark.

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Following set of stamps, which I have doubts about genuine vs forgery. As per the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, there is no indication of SG363 with “Obliterator Bar Omitted”. In addition, printing ink smudged too, so in my opinion this could be a forgery.

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Following set of stamps, which I have doubts about genuine vs forgery too. As per the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, there is no indication of SG363 with “Surcharge and Obliterator Bar” upside down. In addition, printing ink smudged too, so in my opinion this could be a forgery.

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You are the judge for these stamps and let me know what you think about these stamps too :).



Surely it is obvious these are appalling crude fakes?

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Surely it is obvious these are appalling crude fakes?

Even on eBay none of Bunnies would be dumb enough to buy these!

Thanks Admin for your input :) . I always buy stamps from Ebay if I see any unusual characteristics.

I specially liked these because those fake surcharge prints on a genuine stamp. So I put these stamps in my forgeries collection :) :) :) .

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Finally, I will add another classic example of a genuine but margins added SG12, which I saw in Ebey, already sold for 184 GBP :shock: :shock: :shock: . Notice right after the outermost border, there is a significant white border (like a halo) and gradually the paper color of all four corners getting darker. This is an indication of a corners added stamp. Also, from the reverse of this stamp notice the paper difference from the middle to corners. By my experience, if you dip the stamp in watermark detection fluid, this is very visible. In addition, I guess if this stamp examined by using a UV light, then we can spot the paper difference too.

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While I was googling some Ceylon stamps, I found this cool SG12 altered stamp. What is more interesting is that I believe that the same forger produced the second SG12 stamp, left a clue on bottom-left corner.


From the following image, notice the outermost border, how the forger used different blue ink to reshape the border (yet another failed attempt on the bottom left corner). In addition, notice how the outermost border is broken on several places. Most significant characteristic is the topmost outer border and it is not a straight line like other borders. Also, notice the length difference of this topmost outer border and its immediate inner border.


From the reverse scan of this image, notice the significant paper difference from middle to all four corners. Note how the margins added part is clearly visible from the reverse scan. (Image taken from – Google Image Search)

2nd margins added genuine SG12
2nd margins added genuine SG12


What is very interesting is the similarity of the signature used in both stamps. In addition, notice the significant paper difference of the margins added sections once the stamps zoomed to like 300X. A UV light or watermark detection fluid can easily tell the difference of these stamps too.

Reverse scans of both altered stamps
Reverse scans of both altered stamps


Key point is no matter what stamp you are searching, take extra steps to analyze the stamp you are searching if you see this signature and that is my advice to you :).


Let me know your opinion on this too, which will beneficial for my knowledge too :).

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