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ARGENTINA 1858-1863

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1858, Arms, inscription 'CONFE on ARGENTINA'

Genuine, image obtained from Bill Claghorn's forgery site Genuine, image obtained from Bill Claghorn's forgery site

Genuine! Genuine!
(reduced sizes, the 5 and 15 c are genuine stamps)

  5 c red
  10 c green
  15 c blue

Type II:

Large '5', the second one has a forged cancel! Never placed into use, changed border Never placed in use, changed border
(Reduced sizes)

The 5 c exists in two types, one with small '5' and one with big '5'. The frame is also different 6 ornaments instead of 4 at the top and bottom and 8 instead of 5 at the left and right. The values 10 c and 15 c were also prepared with this new frame, but they were never placed into use.

bisected 10 c stamp, genuine.
(Reduced sizes)

The 10 c exists bisected, used as a 5 c (see pictures above). I do not know if the above examples are genuine or not.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Small value inscription
5 c*** 
10 c**** 
15 c***** 

Large value inscription

5 c**** 
10 c*- 
15 c**- 

Forgeries:

Many forgeries exist, examples:

Forgery!

This stamp has a flower instead of a cap!
(Reduced size)

In the 5 c forgeries above, note that the brick like decoration in the corners is not the same as in the genuine stamp. Moreover, the hands are holding a flower instead of a hat.

Forgery!

Forgery! Forgery!
(Forgeries, reduced sizes)

In the 15 c forgeries above, the lines behind the head are not all directed towards the head. The cancel looks like a bogus cancel to me. The thing that the hands are holding is definitely not a hat, but I do not know what it is supposed to be. I've also seen the 10 c value of this particular forgery (see Bill Claghorns forgery site for a picture: http://members.tripod.com/claghorn1p/Argentina/Arg02x.htm).

Image obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

The above stamp is a Fournier forgery! They are printed on thin ordinary brown paper and cancelled as shown below. I do not know any further distinguishing characteristics of these Fournier forgeries.

Cancels used by Fournier (taken from a 'Fournier Album'):


(Reduced sizes)

In the Fournier Album a forgery can be found cancelled with a 'FRANCA' cancel in an eye-shaped double lined oval.

A bogus cancel 'FRANCA' in an eye-shaped oval from Parana.


(The last 'A' of 'ARGENTINA' has a very long leg, the second stamp bear a cancel that was used in Spain!)

I have been told that the next stamp is also a forgery:

Forgery!

More forgeries can be found on Bill Claghorn's forgery site, see for example: http://members.tripod.com/claghorn1p/Argentina/Arg02x.htm.

And another forgery with the top ornaments wrongly done together with a primitive forgery:


Images obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm

The next stamp looks very suspicious (especially the cancel), forgery?:


(???)

Forged cancels:

These stamps are worth more cancelled than uncancelled. Therefore many forged cancels and even phantasy cancels exist both on genuine and forged stamps.

I think the above cancel must be the one mentioned in the book 'The forged stamp of all countries' by J.Dorn: it states that the cancel 'CORREOS NATIONAL DEL FRANCA DEL ROSARIO' in a double oval is often forged.

 

1862, Arms of Argentine, inscription 'REPUBLICA ARGENTINA'

Genuine

"Genuine stamp?" Genuine!
(reduced sizes)

  5 c red
  10 c green
  15 c blue

For the specialist: these stamps exist with or without accent above the 'U' of 'REPUBLICA'. The 15 c without accent is very rare. The 5 c exists further in two types; one with small '5' and large 'C' and another with large '5' and small 'C'. This last one also has the first 'A' of 'ARGENTINA' pointed at the top, it has been privately reprinted by Gibbons (see there). ATTENTION: the majority of stamps found in collections are these reprints, they are almost worthless!

Broad 'C' no accent Broad 'C' with accent Narrow 'C' no accent
Images obtained from http://www.seymourfamily.com/Stamp_Collecting.htm, first stamp broad 'C', no accent; second stamp broad 'C' with accent on 'U'; third stamp narrow 'C' no accent.

For the 5 c, the genuine stamps have 72 pearls in the circle, forgeries with 88 pearls exist. The 10 c has 78 pearls and the 15 c 71 pearls.

 

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 c****** 
10 cRRR 
15 cRRRRRR 
Reprints (all values) vc- 

Reprint-forgeries by Stanley Gibbons (or Lange forgeries)

Stanley Gibbons of London (the same one from the catalogue!) acquired the plate of the 5 c value and made private reprints of it. According to 'The Forged Stamps of all Countries' by J.Dorn they can be recognized by the absence of shading in the cap and a worn appearance. These reprints thus also have 72 pearls, but they are on heavier paper and in the wrong shades of red. Gibbons also changed the value indication '5', to '10' and '15', however, in the genuine 10 c and 15 c stamps, the 'C' of 'CENTAVOS' is broad, while in these 'reprints' the 'C' is the same as in the 5 c value. These reprints were made in 1870. Examples of what I think are Gibbons 'reprints':

10 c green

Forgeries! Forgeries!
(Reduced sizes)

These reprints/forgeries are also known as 'Lange' forgeries (Lange was the printer from which Gibbons obtained the plate of the 5 c stamp).

Forgeries


(I presume this stamp is a forgery, I have also seen the 5 c of this particular forgery with similar cancel and uncancelled)

Fournier also offers forgeries of these stamps, I think he offered the Gibbons 'reprints'. He offers them in his 1914 pricelist for 1 Swiss Franc (all 3 values) as second choice forgeries.

The above forgery is the one described in 'The Spud Papers'. There are 81 pearls in the circle (in the genuine stamps there are 71 to 78 pearls). The hat is different from the genuine stamps and there is a larger space between the 'E' and 'N' in 'CENTAVOS'. The 'O' of this word is small. Note the strange cancel consisting of parallel bars or part of an ellipse(?).


(Even perforated forgeries seem to exist!)

I also know that the forger Sperati has made a forgery of at least the 15 c value. I have no further information at this point.

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