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JAPAN, Forgeries of the 1872 issue

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Examples of some forgeries:

Spiro forgeries (note the weird cancels on these stamps):

Other forgeries:


(Note the two small Japanese characters just above the lower part of the circle in this forgery)

The word 'San-ko' can often be found included in the design of the forgeries, for an excellent website on these forgeries see: http://isjp.org/expert/Cherry_Blossoms/CB.html. It seems that 'Sanko' means 'reference' in Japanese. Examples of 'Sanko' forgeries:


(In this forgery the word 'San-ko' is written above the 'S' of 'SEN'; below the other characters of the central part of the stamp)


(Another 'San-ko' forgery)


(A Wada forgery)


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