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MAURITIUS 1859 Dardenne issue

Les Óles Maurice

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Currency: 12 pence = 1 Shilling; 20 Shillings = 1 Pound
1878: 100 Cents = 1 Rupie

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Mauritius 1847-1859 issues


1859 Queen Victoria, with Greec motifs left and right, 'Dardenne issue'

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 1 p red Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 2 p blue, I'm not 100 % sure if this stamp is genuine Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Forgery?

  1 p red
  2 p blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
1 p RRR RRR  
2 p RRR RRR  

A 2 p stamp, showing 'retouching' below the word 'TWO':



(Reduced size)

1 p red

Part of a sheet with these forgeries, note the guidelines between the stamps, which genuine stamps don't have.

The above two stamps must be second forgery of the 1 p described in Album Weeds: The 'S' of 'MAURITIUS' is like an ordinary 'S', but in the genuine stamps it is like a reversed 'Z'. There is no stop behind 'MAURITIUS', in the genuine stamps there always is a stop. In the genuine the letters of 'ONE PENNY' are smaller than the letters of 'MAURITIUS', in this forgery they all have the same size. The 'M' and the 'S' of 'MAURITIUS' are at an equal distance from the flower like ornaments in the corners. In the genuine stamp, the stop and the 'M' of 'MAURITIUS' are at an equal distance from these ornaments. There is no white dot in the flower in the left top corner (not clearly visible in the above forgeries). The 'M' of 'MAURITIUS' is always badly shaped. There are not the same number of lines in the left and right side of the stamp (the brick alike pattern). As cancels of the originals Album Weeds states the cancel we can see on the first forgery above (an empty center with 4 horizontal lines above and below and slightly curved lines vertically at both sides) or a circle with 'PAID' inside. The cancel of the second forgery (a diamond with horizontal lines across it) was never used in Mauritius and is an easy test to quickly identify this forgery in this case. I've also seen the 1 p value with a cancel consisting of 4 concentric circles. The 2 p blue forgeries are made by the same forger. I've seen the 2 p being offered on a prestigious internet auction as being genuine....

(Other forgeries of the 2 p, reduced sizes)

(Senf forgery, 'FACSIMILE' added in the design)

Primitive forgeries.

A 'replik' forgery probably made by Peter Winter:


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