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Modena (Italy) 1852 issue

1859 Cross of Savoy, Imperforated, 'PROVINCIE MODENESI'

Image otained thanks to Lorenzo 15 c brown

  5 c green
  15 c brown
  20 c grey
  40 c red
  80 c orange (brown)

Stamps with errors in the value panel exist.

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 cRRRRR 
15 cRRRRR 
20 cRRRR 
40 cRRRR 
80 cRRRRR 

Cancelled stamps:

Certified genuine Could be a forgery!

These stamps were only valid for a few months, be aware of genuine stamps with fake cancels! According to Lorenzo less than 20 used stamps of the 80 c are known to exist on envelope.


(Probably a forged cancel)

Reprints:


(I presume these stamps are reprints)

Reprints on very thin paper were made at the Milan Exhibition in 1906. The word 'CENT' and the value are less thick than in the genuine stamps, furthermore there is no dot after the value.

Forgeries

Forgery detection: the line at the bottom of the stamp does not touch the frame on either side in the genuine stamps.

First forgery:


(Note that the leafs are different in the above forgeries)

The above forgeries are the first ones described in 'Album Weeds'. These forgeries are very blotched, the top of the crown points to the left side of the 'O' of 'FRANCO' (it should point to the right side). The crosses in the corners are much too large. There is a very small dot behind 'CENT' in these forgeries.

Second forgery:

Forgery! inscription 'MODENESI'
(Forgery with inscription 'MODENESI')

Among various forgeries, a forgery exists with wrong inscription 'MODENESI' (only 1 'O') instead of 'MODONESI' (see image above). The above stamp is the fourth forgery described in Album Weeds.

Spiro (?) forgeries, also offered by Fournier:


(note the continuous line and the leaves in the lower left corner, no stop behind 'CENT')

The Spiro/Fournier forgeries can be detected by the fact that the bottom frame line is continuous. There must be a stop behind 'CENT' and behind the value in the genuine stamps, the above forgeries don't have this. Fournier offers these forgeries (all 5 values) for 1.50 Swiss Francs in his 1914 pricelist (as second choice forgeries). The cancels are very peculiar: dots, lines or a rectangle of small squares.

Other forgeries:


(Forgery)


(Forgeries, note that the 20 c stamps have exactly the same cancel)

Forgery

The line at the bottom of the stamp is continuous in the above forgeries.


(Another forgery, also with continuous line at the bottom of the stamp, I've also seen this forgery with a 'PD' cancel in a double outlined box)

I've been told that the next stamp is a forgery as well:

5 c green, forgery?

Other stamps that I don't trust: there is an extra outline around the stamps:

Front and backside of this stamp

Note, that in the above forgery, the design can be seen at the backside of the stamps.


(Another forgery, note the strange concentric ring cancel on the 5 c)

The leave in the lower left corner seems to be hanging more downwards than in the genuine stamps in the above forgeries. Besides the 5 c and 15 c values I have also seen the 20 c blue, 20 c lilac (bogus), 40 c and 80 c of this particular forgery.


(Very blur stamp, probably a forgery, the cancel consists of dots)

Another forgery exists with inscription 'DOLLO' instead of 'BOLLO', I have not seen this forgery.


Newspaper stamps

1859 Newspaper Tax Stamp, Eagle with crown in circle, Imperforated, 'TASSA GAZETTE'


(Images obtained thanks to Lorenzo)

  10 c black

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 

Forgeries, examples:


(reduced size)

Suspect items:

I don't trust this stamp, forgery?


Typical cancel

I don't know where this cancel was used for. The text reads 'R.D. DISTRIBUZIONE POSTALE REGGIO'. I have seen similar cancels in red and black with inscription 'MODENA' instead of 'REGGIO' and with a slightly different design of the eagle.


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