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J.B. MOENS

17 May 1833 (Tournai) - 28 April 1907 (Brussels)

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Jean-Baptiste Phillipe Constant Moens was a famous Belgian stamp dealer. He published handbooks and 'Le Timbre Poste' (a philatelic journal). Some of the images of his books were used as examples by forgers to make forgeries. Also, the printing blocks, used to make this illustrations, are known to have been misused (by Moens or someone who bought them) to make 'reprints'.

2 c green Cut from a Scott album Scan from Le Timbre Poste by Moens. Image from a de Torres catalogue
Confederate States 2 c. First image shows a genuine stamp. The second image shows a cut from a Scott album of 1888, the third image shows a forgery based on this cut. Actually, this 'forgery-image' Actually, very similar 'forgery-images' already appeared earlier in Le Timbre Poste of February 1864 of Moens (page 10, or fourth image above) and in the catalogue of Placido Ramon de Torres "Album Illustrado para Sellos de Correo" of 1879 (information passed to me thanks to Gerhard Lang, 2016) on page 184 (fifth image). The Moens and de Torres images are slightly different (see for example the arching in the upper right ornament).

Cut from a Moens album Forgery! Forgery, even wrong colour!
British Guiana 1856 stamp illustration of the Moens catalogue ('Les Timbres-Poste Illustres' by J.-B.Moens 1864, plate 54) on the left and a few forgeries clearly based on this illustration.

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Forgery! With BPA certificate, however I'm not 100 % convinced that it is genuine.....
Some illustrations from Moens and forgeries based on these illustrations.

5 Sh blue on yellow Cut from a Gray catalogue of 1870 Scan from a de Torres album
Victoria genuine 5 Sh stamp of 1868 and a Senf forgery with printed perforation. I have seen it with the perforation 'cut out' and the word "FALSCH" overprinted with a manual cancel (see: http://stampsofvictoria.com/laureates.php). The curly design at the bottom of the stamp is inverted. Also the ornament at 10 o'clock is missing. This image appears to have been copied from an illustration in the magazine Le Timbre Poste by Moens, No.68, page 58, August 1868 (the same image also appears in the same journal in Nr.63, March 1868, page 19).. The design of this forgery is identical to the image given in "The illustrated catalogue of postage stamps" by J.E.Gray (1870, page 174, see fourth image). A similar image appears in the catalogue of Placido Ramon de Torres "Album Illustrado para Sellos de Correo" of 1879 (information passed to me thanks to Gerhard Lang, 2016) on page 251.

Genuine Scan from a Moens catalogue
Western Australia, genuine 6 p stamp (first image). Forgery of the 6 p (second image). Although not entirely the same, this forgery appears to have been based on a illustration in Le Timbre Poste by Moens from 1863, page 20 (third image). Note the white inner outline and the slanting "S" in "SIX".

Literature:
Le Timbre Poste, stamp journal issued by Moens from 1863 onwards
Italian Municipals; Moens, J.B. 1892 (reprinted in 1994), 80 pages.
Les timbres de Prusse; J.B. Moens, 1887 (can be visualized with http://www.archive.org)
Postage stamp album; J.B.Moens 1864, (in English, can be visualized with http://www.archive.org)
http://www.moresnet.nl/english/postverkeer_en.htm
Timbres des Etats de Parme, Modene et Romagne; Moens, J.B. 1878, 116 pages (can be downloaded with http://www.archive.org)
Timbres des Duches de Schleswig, Holstein & Lauenburg et de la Ville de Bergedorf; Moens, J.B. 1884, 102 pages (http://www.archive.org).
Les Timbres de Natal L.H.J.Walker & J.B.Moens; 1883, 70 pages (http:/www.archive.org).
Almanach du Timbre-Poste by X.Y.Z. 1886 (supplement to 'Le Timbre Poste'); in this humorous little work fun is being made of many other stamp dealers that Moens apparently didn't like.


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