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A city in the west of Argentine

ATTENTION, MOST OF THE STAMPS OF BUENOS AIRES ARE FORGERIES OR REPRINTS!

1858-1859 Steamship on the Plata river (so-called "Barquitos" or 'Little Ship')


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Genuine Genuine Genuine
(Genuine stamps)

Genuine Genuine!

  2 p (DOS Ps) blue
  3 p (TRES Ps) green
  4 p (CUATO Ps) red
  5 p (CINCO Ps) yellow
  4 r (CUATO Ts) brown
  1 p (IN Ps) brown
  1 p (IN Ps) blue
  1 p (TO Ts) blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 r, 1 p and 2 pRRRR 
3 p, 4 p and 5 p RRRRRR 
Reprints/forgeries c- 

The values 2 p, 3 p, 4 p and 5 p were issued first in April 1858. The 4 r stamp was issued in October of that same year by changing the plates slightly so 'PS' became 'RS'. A few stamps were forgotten, thus creating some stamps in the value 4 p in the colour brown. The 'CINCO' of the 5 p value was modified by erasing 'CO' and changing the other letters into 'UN', thus creating the value 1 p brown. The 'CUATO PS' (4 p) was again modified by removing 'CUA' resulting in 'TO TS'

Many forgeries exist and also unofficial reprints from the original plates, probably all of the following stamps are forgeries:

Forgeries?

Forgery!


(A forgery with the word 'CORREOS' very large)

Could the next forgeries have been made by Fournier?


(Fournier forgeries)

In my opinion, there is always thicker distortion of the wavy outer frame line just above the 'S' of 'CORREOS' in the above forgeries. The 'FRAN' cancel of the blue stamps can be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'. The cancel on the brown stamp can be found under Argentine in this album 'CORREO NACIONAL DEL ROSARIO FRANCA' in an ellipse.


(Forged cancels of Argentine of the Fournier album, reduced sizes)

The 'FRANCA' cancel in an ellipse can be found under Ecuador in the Fournier Album, I think it has been misplaced and should be under Buenos Aires (the green Buenos Aires Fournier forgery above bears this cancel).


(The second 'FRANCA' cancel listed as a forged cancel of Ecuador in the Fournier Album)

It should be noted that Fournier offered two kinds of forgeries in his 1914 pricelist, first choice and second choice forgeries.

 

Other forgeries:


(note the flag at the backside of the ship, the inscription 'FOUR PS' and the inverted 'N' in 'BUENOS', I've also seen the brown forgery uncancelled)

Forgeries with 'BUENOS AIRES' too large:


(The ship is different in the above three forgeries, also note the wrong value inscription)

I have seen the brown forgery with a cancel consisting of four concentric rings, it was offered as being genuine on a prestigious web auction recently. Another forgery from the same maker:


There are more rays in the sun than on the genuine stamps in this forgery

Peplow reprint made from the original plate:


(Peplow reprint)

Sperati forgeries

I know that Sperati also made forgeries of these stamps, unused and used, examples of a 2 p blue and a 3 p green forgery:

Sperati forgery Sperati forgery

It seems that Sperati made forgeries in two shades of blue. Distinghuishing characteristics of this 2 r blue forgery:
1) The second 'R' of 'CORREOS' has a curl, the 'S' of this word is broken
2) The word 'DOS' shows defects: broken top of 'D', break at bottom of 'O' and lower part of 'S' broken
3) Note the dots in front and behind the 'F' of 'FRANCO'
4) A white spot just above the central stroke of 'E' of 'BUENOS'
5) The central oval is broken below the left part of the first 'R' of 'CORREOS'
6) A coloured dot in the white line above the 'E' of 'AIRES'

I do not know the distinghuishing characteristics of the 3 p green Sperati forgery. However, I have seen another Sperati forgery of the 3 p with the same cancel (positioned at exactly the same place). Could this be one of this constant-cancel forgeries?

 

1860 Head of Freedom

Genuine

  4 Reales green
  1 Peso blue
  1 Peso red on yellow (1862)
  2 Pesos red on yellow
  2 Pesos blue (1862)

The later printings of these stamps became quite blur, as the printing plates deteriorated over time:


(Blur printings)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
4 rRRRRRR 
1 p blueRRRR 
1 p red on yellow RRRR 
2 p redRRRRRR 
2 p blueRRRRRR 


(Stamp on letter)

Cancels:

I have seen several mute dot cancels, but also a two ring date cancel with 'BUENOS AIRES'.

Forgeries, example:


Forgery, reduced size

Forgery!

Forgeries! Wrong colour!
(Wrong colour)


(Note the strange slanting 'C' in 'FRANCO' in the above forgeries)


Two forgeries made by the same forger


(Forgery with inscription '2 PESO')


(Forgery)


(The head is too small in the above forgeries)

Other forgeries (Spiro?, possibly also sold by Fournier):

The next forgeries are very dangerous it seems, they are cancelled with a blue grille. This item can only be recognized by the paper, yellowish instead of white. The types are exactly similar to the ones from the genuine plate.


(Sperati forgery)

Other stamps that I do not trust:

2 P red on yellow


(The hat on this stamp is completely different from the genuine stamps)

 


Miscellaneous

I have been told that the following stamps are unissued stamps of Buenos Aires, prepared in 1858:

Four values seem to exist of these unissued stamps.

 

Fiscal stamps?

I have also seen a 1 P blue in the sea with mercury design.


(Revenue stamp of 1869, inscription 'LEY DE SELLOS')


Telegraph stamps

1888 Inscription 'TELEGRAF DE LA PROVINCIAS BUENOS AIRES'

  1 c blue
  2 c red
  10 c brown
  40 c orange

These telegraph stamps are perforated 11 1/2.

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 c****** 
2 c****** 
10 c****** 
40 c****** 


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