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JAPAN, Forgeries of the 1874 issue and later

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Examples of some forgeries:


(A Spiro forgery, reduced size)

 


(Spiro forgery)


(Forgeries with a bogus 'JOKOHAMA' cancel)


(A Wada forgery, note the Japanese inscriptions at both sides of the neck of the bird signifying forgery!)


(A forgery with the inscription 'SAN KO'; see the red arrows)


(forgery with 'SAN KO' almost hidden by the cancel, still visible at the left hand side of the eagle, right to it a zoom-in of a stamp with clearly visible 'SAN KO' marks)


(Forgery, reduced size)


(Note the bogus cancel 'NAGASAKI', reduced size)

 

Some forgeries are also inscribed with the words 'Mo-Zo' (meaning 'imitation' in Japanese), see the website http://isjp.org/expert/Cherry_Blossoms/CB.html for much more information. Example:


(A Mozo forgery; 'Mo-zo' is written in two small characters below the lowest characters at the right and left hand side of the ellipse)


(A Mozo forgery)


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