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NEWFOUNDLAND Forgeries of the first issue

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1 p brown and 5 brown

(Genuine, I presume)

Genuine 5 p stamp with forged cancel.

First forgery:

Forgery! 6 pearls in crown only!
It appears that the first forgery has a "Correos 7.1.60. II-III" cancel?

Distinguishing characteristics of this forgery:

1) The 1 p and 5 p should have 7 pearls in the left side of the crown, the above forgery only has 6 pearls!
2) The dot under "T" of "ST" is very small, in the genuine stamp it is quite big.
3) The apostrophe behind "JOHN" is different from the genuine stamp

This is the first forgery described in Album Weeds. I've seen in it many colour shades ranging from light brown to lilac. I've even seen it perforated! Is the next stamp from the same forger?:

(Spiro forgeries)

Crude forgery with inscription "FIVE PENNY" instead of "FIVE PENCE".

This forgery of the 5 p value has a German cancel "OLDENBURG 3 N". The '5's in the corners are much smaller than in the above Spiro forgery

Here the same forgery with an "8" numeral cancel as exist on forgeries of many other countries.

More dangerous engraved forgeries exist, all with the wrong number of pearls in the crown (according to 'The forged stamps of all countries' by J.Dorn), such as the following Oneglia forgeries:

(Oneglia forgeries)

Oneglia forgeries: Note that they are cancelled with a grid "8" cancel. According to the journal BNA Topics (May, 1972 page 116), in an article called 'The Panellis' by E.A.Smythies, this forged cancel has two unbroken lines besides the "8", while the genuine cancel only has one such line. The genuine cancel "8" belongs to Chatham New Brunswick(!). The "J" of "JOHN" has a tail that is not present on a genuine stamp. Also the engraving is too well done.

Some peculiar forgeries with inscription "NEWKORNU LAND" in various colours. The back has the inscription "1892 Y.Fr-edl', according to http://www.easternstamps.com/images%5CPublication_FLd.pdf, this is probably the famous Austrian forger Sigmund Friedl, who made other bogus stamps around that period.

Three pence green, triangle

Probably genuine

(probably genuine)

In the genuine stamp, the word "NEWFOUNDLAND" is one word.

Spiro forgery

With a German "DRESDEN 10 1. 76." cancel? This forgery appears to have a lighter tone of green than the previous darker green forgeries.

Distinguishing characteristics of this Spiro forgery:

1) The cancels are typical 'Spiro' cancels (a wide variety of bogus cancels seems to have been used)
2) The word "NEWFOUNDLAND" has a larger space between "D" and "L" than in the genuine stamps.
3) The "O" of "JOHN" is flat at the bottom (in the genuine stamp it is rounded), also a diagonal dash can be found in this letter at the lower right side.
4) The "O" of "POSTAGE" is also flat at the bottom (genuine it is rounded)
5) The stamp is lithograped instead of engraved as the genuine stamps
6) The network in the center has 3 empty spaces in it with almost no lines (it is not as nicely done as in the genuine stamps)
7) There is an extra outline outside the stamps (this outline is not present in the genuine stamps).

This is the forgery described in Album Weeds (there even seem to be two types of this forgery, differing in the network pattern). Many of these forgeries seem to have been made, in such an extent, that later examples show wear.

Here with a VF cancel which appears on many forgeries of other countries.

Ongelia forgery:


(Reduced size)

1) The "J" of "JOHN'S" has a spur at the right base.
2) There is an extra dark layer above the trefoil.
3) The background appears to be cross-hatched.
4) In this particular case it has a numeral "8" cancel (which belongs to Chatham, New Brunswick!).

Other forgery:

Image from the Gray catalogue Image from de Torres catalogue
Another forgery is shown above, the lettering is quite different from a genuine stamp. For example, the "J" of "JOHN" or the "S" of "POSTAGE". Also, a primitive forgery with perforation in a very similar design . The design of this forgery is identical to the image given in "The illustrated catalogue of postage stamps" by J.E.Gray (1870, page 126, third 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 226 (fourth image).

Cut from a Hugo Griebert advertisment card from 1919. The left hand side actually had a green Chile stamp overlapping the design.

A Hugo Griebert advertisement.

And another forgery in the wrong colour (grey instead of green):

Primitive forgery, note that the stem of the lower right flower is pointing in the wrong (right instead of left) direction.

And a forgery in the color lilac:

Forgeries of Newfoundland with an "S" cancel.

Forgery of St.Helena with the same "S" cancel.

Forged cancels

Some genuine cancels on genuine stamps exist, but with the cancel applied after the stamps were invalid. The cancel used is shown below. The '9' was inverted to become a '6' in '1864'. They were produced in the 1940's. The most common ones are St.Johns, but Grand Falls also seems to exist. They are sometimes accompagnied by a mute line cancel (as in the second example). Source: http://www.easternstamps.com/images%5CPublication_FLd.pdf. I've seen several dates. Some examples of these forgeries:

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