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For forgeries of the Luxemburg stamps see: http://www.luxcentral.com/stamps/LuxFakes.html. A nice site on the cancels of Luxemburg can be found at: http://www.luxcentral.com/stamps/LuxPostmarks.html; from this site I quote the cancels that can be found in the period 1852-1920: Mute cancel (concentric circles, bars in circle, etc. 1852-1873), Dutch type (one circle 1852-1871), Two-circle Belgian type (1852-1871), Two-circle French type (1852-1872), Two-circle German type (1870-1873), Single-circle German type (1872-1882), Large Two-circle German type (1882-1905), bridge type (with bars 1906-1940 and without bars 1916-1940). Furthermore railroad cancels (Ambulant) and precancels can be found in this period.

1852 William III, king of the Netherlands

Certified genuine 1 Sgr red

  10 c black
  1 Sgr red

For the specialist: these stamps have watermark 'W'.

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 cRRRRR 
1 SgrRRRRR 
Reprints-*** 

Cancels:

10 c black

Typical cancel:


Typical cancel; 3 concentric rings with a dot in the center

The most common cancel seems to consist of three concentric rings with a dot in the center.

But other mute cancels exist, example:


(A lozenges cancel of Ettelbruck)

Reprints:

Some very dangerous reprints exist with watermark 'W'. Unfortunately I have not been able to obtain images of these reprints. Also essays exist without watermark.

Forgeries:

Several forgeries exist of these stamps (all unwatermarked?), examples:

Forgery, picture obtained from the above mentioned website


(First forgery of the 1 Sgr of Album Weeds)

The above forgery is the first forgery of the 1 Sgr described in Album Weeds. The 'S' of 'POSTES' is too far to the left of the circle around the '1' in the upper right hand corner. There are many more differences. Also note the strange cancel consisting of an oval with six parallel straight bars. The upper part of the 'P' in 'POSTES' is much smaller than in the genuine stamps. For the specialist: this forgery is lithographed while the genuine stamps are engraved. This forgery is also described in 'The Spud Papers LI'.

Another forgery of the 1 Sgr has the 'U' of 'UN' very badly done (like an 'O') and there is a dark dot on the cheek, near the corner of the mouth (second forgery of Album Weeds).

 

1859 Arms of Luxembourg, perforated, rouletted or imperforated

2 c black, forgery? 4 c yellow 5 c yellow

  1 c brown
  1 c orange
  2 c black
  4 c yellow
  4 c green
  5 c yellow

Different design:

Certified genuine 30 c lilac, imperforated 37 1/2 c green, imperforated 40 c orange

  10 c blue
  10 c violet (or grey)
  12 1/2 c red
  20 c brown
  25 c brown
  25 c blue
  30 c lilac
  30 c red
  37 1/2 c green
  37 1/2 c brown
  40 c orange

Surcharged

  'UN FRANC' on 37 1/2 c brown

Overprinted 'OFFICIEL' (Official stamps of 1875, 2 types of overprint exist)

Type 1 Type 2

  1 c brown
  2 c black
  4 c green
  5 c yellow
  10 c violet
  12 1/2 c red
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  30 c red
  40 c orange
  'UN FRANC' on 37 1/2 c brown
  'Un Franc' on 37 1/2 c brown

Overpinted 'S.P.' (official stamps of 1882)

'S.P' on 4 c green
(Reduced size)

  1 c brown
  2 c black
  4 c green
  5 c yellow
  10 c grey
  12 1/2 c red
  20 c brown
  25 c blue
  30 c red
  40 c orange
  'Un Franc' on 37 1/2 c brown

Special cancels:

'P.P.' cancel in diamond

Forgeries

First forgery:

So called Hamburg forgery!
(First forgery)

In the forgeries shown above, the letters 'RG' of 'LUXEMBOURG' are touching the frame, the 'G' of this word has a peculiar tail. This forgery seems to exist for all(?) values. The 10 c forgery is obtained from the website: http://www.luxcentral.com/stamps/LuxFakes.html

From the above mentioned website this 'Hamburg forgery' was also obtained (it was probably made in Hamburg):


(Hamburg forgery)

The following two forgeries have the cancel 'LUXEMBOURG 6 DEC 71':

Other forgeries:

Forgery! Forgery!

 

Genuine Forgery!
Left genuine, right forgery. Images obtained from the Forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn.

Two forgeries of my own collection, I think these are taken from a Fournier album:

I have seen a 1 c Fournier forgery with cancel 'ECHTERNACH 2 DEC 66 *', but many other cancels were used by Fournier, such as:
'* WILTZ * 3/6 83 2-3 S'
'* ECHTERNACH * 18/5 82 5-2 M'
'* GREVENMACHER * 25/8 4-5 S'

Some forgeries (I suspect them all to be Fournier forgeries):

Is the following stamp a forgery as well?:

A fored 'OFFICIEL' overprint:


(Forged overprint)


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