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JAPAN 1871-1875

Return To Catalogue - Japan 1876-1899 - Japan 1900-1920 - Forgeries of 1871 issue - Forgeries of the 1872 issue - Forgeries of the 1874 issue and later issues - Miscellaneous

Currency: 1 yen = 100 sen = 1000 rin

Attention: many forgeries exist from the issues 1871-1875 see Forgeries of Japan. Among them forgeries made by Wada Kotaro, the Spiro Brothers, Hirose, and other unkown forgers. Warning: since I'm not an expert in this field, some of the stamps shown here might be forgeries! More information on forgeries can be found on the website: http://isjp.org/expert/index.html.

1871 Rectangular stamps, only Japanese text, so-called 'Dragon series'

Genuine? 500 m blue, genuine?

(reduced sizes)

Imperforated, value in Mon (unity of weight)
  48 m brown
  100 m blue
  200 m red
  500 m blue

Perforated, value in sen

Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom Most likely a forgery Image obtained from Chirster Bergstrom

  1/2 s brown
  1 s blue
  2 s red
  5 s blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare

Value in Mon

48 mRRR 
100 mRRRR 
200 mRRRR 
500 mRRRR 

Value in Sen

1/2 sRRR 
1 sRRRR 
2 sRRRR 
5 sRRRR 

For Forgeries of this issue, click here.


1872 Inscription 'SEN' value and Chrysanthemum in design, various sizes, 'Cherry Blossoms' in the four corners

1 s brown, japanese caracter in rectangle above lower 'SEN' 1 s brown, no caracter above lower 'SEN' 2 s red 2 s yellow Genuine star fish cancellation 4 s red 4 s green

10 s blue
(reduced sizes)

  1/2 s brown
  1/2 s grey
  1 s blue
  1 s brown
  2 s red
  2 s yellow
  4 s red
  4 s green
  10 s green
  10 s blue
  20 s violet
  20 s red
  30 s grey
  30 s violet

Small varieties exists from the 1/2 s brown, the 1 s brown, the 2 s yellow and the 4 s green.

Image obtained from Christer Bergstrom
(With unknown overprint)

Postcards etc. in the same design:

For forgeries of the 1872 issue, click here.

1874 Chrysanthemum in the center of the design

5 s green
(reduced sizes, could be forgeries)

  5 s green
  6 s violet
  6 s orange

For forgeries; click here.

1875 Various birds, goose, wagtail and falcon

Plate number 2 Plate number 1 Plate number 3
(Genuine stamps)

  12 s red
  15 s lilac
  45 s red

(Plate number 1 on a 45 s stamp; genuine)

Note: these stamps have platenumbers (between the value and 'SEN'). Three different plate numbers exist for each stamp.

For forgeries; click here.

Forgeries, Tourist sheets

The following sheet is a socalled Tourist Sheet made by the forger Wada. They were called like this since they were often offered to tourists. This particular sheet contains 8 forged dragon stamps, 36 forged cherry blossom stamps and 16 forged Koban stamps, all made by Wada. It also contains 19 genuine stamps.

Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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