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1859 Octoganal picture, arms, inscription 'CONFED. GRANADINA', with diamond shaped ornament on top middle of the stamp

Genuine, image obtained from http://www.sandafayre.com

  5 c lilac
  10 c yellow
  20 c 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
5 c****** 
10 c****** 
20 cRR 

Cancels: most stamps are cancelled with a penstroke:

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery?
(Forgery)

I think this is the forgery of the 5 c mentionned in 'Album Weeds'; the diamond above the upper '5' is too large, the 'D' of 'GRENADINA' is placed higher than 'INA'. The shield behind the arms is white instead of coloured. the 20 c stamp beside it is probably from the same forger, though it is not mentionned in Album Weeds.

Album Weeds mentions forgeries of the 10 c and 20 c with inscription '10 CENTS' and '20 CENTS' instead of '10 CENT 10' and '20 CENT 20' as in the genuine stamps. There also seem to exist two bogus issues of 2 1/2 c green and 1 P red:


(Bogus issues)

 

1860 Octoganal picture, arms, inscription 'CONFED. GRANADINA', as 1859 issue, but with 8-pointed asterix ornament on top of the stamp

Genuijne, image obtained from http://www.sandafayre.com

  2 1/2 c green
  5 c lilac
  10 c orange (to brown)
  20 c blue
  1 P red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 1/2 c****** 
5 c******Misprint 5 c blue: RRR
10 c******Also exists in other shade (brown to orange)
20 c**** 
1 P****** 

A reprint of the 1 P exists.

Forgeries, example:

The bottom inscriptions in the above forgeries are '10 CENTS' and '1 PESO', it should be '10 CENTS 10' and '1 PESO 1'. In the 1 P the two '1's above and below the circle are standing. I think in the genuine stamps they should be lying down.

Dubious copy

I presume the above stamp is a forgery too.

 

1861 Arms inscription 'Estados Unidos de Nueva Granada'

2 1/2 c black
(Reduced size)

  2 1/2 c black
  5 c yellow
  10 c blue
  20 c red
  1 P red

There seem to be 54 varieties of the 5 c, 20 c and 1 P stamps.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 1/2 cRRRR 
5 cRR 
10 cRR 
20 cRRR 
1 PRRR 

Typical cancels:


('0' cancel in red and blue)

Forgeries, there are at least 8 different forgeries of these stamps, examples:

Third forgery of Album Weeds

This forgery seems to be quite common and can be recongnized by the fact that there are only eight asterisks in the lower part of the oval, instead of nine in the genuine stamps. There are many more differences, for example the 'T' of 'ESTADOS' has a very large top stroke. Also note that the shield contains things that are quite different from the genuine stamps.

20 c red


(Reduced size)

The 1 p and 2 1/2 c of this forgery can be recognized very easily:

Forgery!
('1 PESO' instead of 'UN PESO')

The inscription of the 1 P should be 'UN PESO' and not '1 PESO' as in the above forgery!

Forgery, reduced size
('2 1 2' instead of '2 i 1/2')

In the 2 1/2 c the inscription should read '2 i 1/2' and not '2 1 2' as in the above forgery.

 

1862 Octogonal, inscription 'E.U. de Colombia', arms in a circle


(Reduced size)

  10 c blue
  20 c red
  50 c green
  1 P lilac

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
10 cRR 
20 cRRRR 
50 cRR 
1 PRRRR 

Forgeries, examples:

Genuine stamps should have 45 pearls in the circle (the top ones hardly visible), there should also be white dots in the stars (according to 'The Forged Stamps of all Countries' by J.Dorn).


(Other forgeries)


(Forgery with overprint 'FALSCH' = forged in German, made by Senf)

 

1863 Arms in an octagonal, new design

Typical cancel

  5 c yellow
  10 c blue
  20 c red
  50 c green

There are 10 varieties of each of these stamps.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5c****** 
10 c****** 
20 c****** 
50 c***RReprint: **

Forgeries, there are at least eight different kind of forgeries, example:

The 'E' of 'E.U.' and the 'S' of 'NACIONALES' should be on a horizontal line. In the above forgeries the 'S' is clearly lower than the 'E'. There are also two stars in front and behind the '20 CENT' (copied from the previous issue?).


(Some other forgeries)

 

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