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UNITED STATES 1847-1868

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1847 Franklin and Washington


(Genuine stamps, obtained from a Shreves auction)

  5 c brown on grey
  X (10) c black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 cRRRRR 
10 cRRRRRR 

Forgeries, examples:


(Spiro forgery, note the strange expression of the face!)

forgery!
(Forgery)

The forger Sperati seems to have made three different types of forgeries of the 10 c value. It is lithographed and not engraved. A picture can be found at: http://www.ggriffith.com/sperati.htm. He even made proofs of this stamp:


('Proof' forgery of Sperati, Sperati's signature is at the bottom of the sheet)

A 5 c blue and 10 c red were printed in 1947 in a mini-sheet to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first US stamps:

 

1851 Portraits of various presidents and Franklin, inscription 'U.S. Postage'

Imperforate

  1 c blue
  3 c red
  5 c red-brown
  X (10) c green
  12 c black

Perforated


(Reduced sizes)

Certified genuine

  1 c blue
  3 c red
  5 c brown
  X (10) c green
  12 c black
  24 c grey
  30 c orange
  90 c blue

The perforated stamps has perforation 15.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Imperforate
1 cRRRR 
3 cRR** 
5 cRRRRRR 
10 cRRRRR 
12 cRRRRRR 
Perforated
1 c****** 
3 c**** 
5 cRRRRShades of colour
10 cRRR 
12 cRRRR 
24 cRRRRR 
30 cRRRRRR 
90 cRRRRRR 

Forgeries, example:

Forgery!

 

1861 Inscription U.S. in the lower corners

Certified genuine

  1 c blue
  2 c black (1863)
  3 c red
  5 c brown
  10 c green
  12 c black
  15 c black (1863)
  24 c grey
  30 c orange
  90 c blue

The 2 c black is commonly known under the name 'Black Jack' or 'Big Head' since the head of Jackson almost covers the whole design. These stamps exist with an embossed security grill overprint.


(3 c with embossed security grill, certified genuine)

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 cR*** 
2 c R** 
3 c***c 
5 c brownRRRShades of brown
10 cRR*** 
12 cRRR 
15 c RRR 
24 cRRR 
30 cRRR 
90 cRRRRR 

Cancels, example:


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Forgeries, removed pen cancels to make the stamp look unused:


(Before and after removing of the pen cancel)

Be careful with removed pen cancels, the above images show stamps that were recently (2003) sold on E-bay, modified and re-sold on E-bay again, but now in an 'improved' state. The traces of the pen cancels can still be seen in the design. Thanks to Sheryll Oswald for letting me use the images from his "tip of the iceberg" website, see http://www.sheryll.net/Forgeries/Forgeries_article.htm. There is also more information concerning reperforation etc. on this website.

A crude forgery of the 90 c:


(I've been told that this forgery was made by Oneglia)

 

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