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1860 Head of Queen Victoria facing the left, value in cents

  1 Cent black
  2 Cents lilac
  5 Cents blue

For the specialist: these stamps are perforated 12.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c**Exists bisected
2 c*** 
5 c*****Exists bisected

Forgeries:

Fournier forgeries:

ATTENTION; THESE STAMPS WITH 'SPECIMEN' ARE FORGERIES:

These 'specimen' forgeries were sold by the forger Fournier. They have wrong perforation gauge (10 1/2). I've been told that the 'SPECIMEN' overprint has also been removed from these forgeries (but I've never seen it myself). Fournier offers them for 1 Swiss Francs (the 3 values together with the 3 values of the next series) in his 1914 pricelist. I recently obtained information that these forgeries could have been made by the Senf brothers and that they were only sold by Fournier.

Spiro forgeries:

Other forgeries (note the strange New South Wales cancel, that has never been used in Nova Scotia! and the ugly perforation):

Forgery! Forgery!

The above forgeries were made by the Spiro brothers. An easy way to identify them is the cancels, they bear a New South Wales cancel that was never used in Nova Scotia. Also note that sometimes guidelines can be seen in the corners of the stamp. It is described as the second forgery in Album Weeds. The front of the neck is too close to the white circle. There is a solid line at the outline of the nose and forehead.

Oneglia forgeries:

Oneglia (or Panelli?) also made two types of forgeries of these stamps; engraved and lithographed ones.


(Oneglia lithograped forgeries?)

I think the above stamps are Oneglia lithographed forgeries, the cancels are dotted patterns.


(Oneglia engraved forgery, image obtained thanks to Richard Frajola)

The engraved forgery is also described in Album Weeds as the first forgery; the perforation is 10 (instead of 12), there is an outline around the shaded circle, the base of the neck is cut of by this circle, the two apples above 'SC' are different, etc. The 1 c has the inscription 'ONE CENTS' instead of 'ONE CENT.'.

Other forgeries:

No ornaments on top
(Images obtained thanks to Richard Frajola)

There are other forgeries made from a so-called Bartlett letterhead, but I don't have any pictures of these.

For forgeries of bisected stamps, see after the next series.

 

1860 Head of Queen Victoria, value in cents

  8 1/2 Cents green
  10 Cents red
  12 1/2 Cents black

For the specialist: these stamps have perforation 12.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
8 1/2 c**** 
10 c******Exists bisected
12 1/2 c****** 

Forgeries:

The most common forgeries are Spiro and Fournier forgeries.

Fournier forgeries:

ATTENTION; THESE STAMPS WITH 'SPECIMEN' ARE FORGERIES:

These 'specimen' forgeries were sold by the forger Fournier. They have wrong perforation gauge (10 1/2 instead of 12). I've been told they also exist with the 'SPECIMEN' overprint removed. I recently obtained information that these forgeries could have been made by the Senf brothers and that they were only sold by Fournier.

Spiro brothers forgeries:

The above forgeries were made by the Spiro brothers. An easy way to identify them is the cancels, they bear a New South Wales cancel that was never used in Nova Scotia.

Oneglia (or Panelli?) also made forgeries of these stamps.

forgery?
(Oneglia forgeries?, images obtained thanks to Richard Frajola)

I've been told that the Oneglia forgeries are perforated 13 3/4 to 14, while the genuine stamps are perforated 12. The above stamps have the same perforation as the genuine ones. Frajola's website show the above stamps and presumes them to be Oneglia forgeries (?). I'm not quite sure about the status of the above two stamps.

Other forgeries:


(An early German forgery, left image obtained thanks to Richard Frajola)

The inscriptions in the above forgery is different from the genuine stamps.


(Forgery from unknown origin, image obtained thanks to Richard Frajola)

The above forgery has a white band at the bottom of the ellipse, this white band does not exist in the genuine stamps. It is described in Album Weeds as the third forgery. All 3 values seem to exist.

There are other forgeries made from a so-called Bartlett letterhead, but I don't have any pictures of these.

There exist many forgeries of bisected stamps of Nova Scotia (mostly genuine stamps on genuine letters). The most famous forger to produce bisected stamps on cover is Raoul de Thuin (see for examples: 'The Yucatan Affair, the work of Raoul de Thuin, philatelic counterfeiter' by the American Philatelic Society or 'Nova Scotia Fakes and Forgeries' by R.B.Mitchell), but others seem to have been active in this area.


(Forged genuine bisected stamp on letter)


Literature

'Nova Scotia Fakes & Forgeries' by Captain R.B.Mitchell, R.D. Published by: Scotia Stamp Studio, 1723 Barrington St. Halifax, N.S. (1976)

'The Postage Stamps of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia' by Nicholas Argenti (I haven't read this book myself).

A list of forgeries of Nova Scotia can be found at http://www.rfrajola.com/nosforgeryindex.htm (website of Richard Frajola); I have used some of his pictures on this page.


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