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PERSIA (Iran) 1870-1890

Currency: 1 Toman = 10 Kran = 200 Chahi, after 1881: 1 Kran = 100 Centimes

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More information about stamps from Persia, forgeries etc. can be found on: http://www.persi.com/fakes/fakes/fake.html or http://www.iranphilatelic.org/scams.htm.

1870 Lion with sword

WARNING: many forgeries exist of this issue and I'm not quite sure that all stamps shown here are genuine!

Without number between the legs of the lion, imperforated

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Genuine Genuine

  1 c lilac
  2 c green
  4 c blue
  8 c red
  8 c green

With number (value) between the legs of the lion, imperforated or rouletted

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com Genuine Genuine 1 K genuine 1 K red 5 K violet, genuine 5 K red, genuine

1 c lilac?

  1 c black
  2 c blue
  2 c black (1877)
  4 c red
  8 c green
  1 K yellow
  1 K red (1876)
  1 K red on yellow (1878)
  4 K yellow (1876)
  4 K blue (1878)
  5 K violet (1878)
  5 K yellow (1878)
  5 K red (1878)
  1 T brown on blue (1878)

Forgeries, examples:

2 c blue, forgery! Forged?

Many forgeries of the 'lion' issue exist, probably many of the stamps listed above are forgeries also! The forgeries look more 'neat' than the genuine stamps in general.

Other suspect stamp:

Spiro forgeries:


(Some Spiro forgeries, note the strange cancels, reduced size)

Spiro forgeries have many different (bogus) cancels on the same sheet (see example above). I have also seen the 1 c black and the 2 blue of this particular Spiro forgery (with the same weird cancels and a cancel consisting of parallel lines).

 

1876 Shah in circle, arms (lion with sword) below

  1 c black on lilac
  1 c black on red (with coloured border)
  2 c black on green
  2 c black on yellow (with coloured border)
  5 c black on red
  5 c black on green (with coloured border)
  10 c black on blue
  10 c black on lilac (with coloured border)
  1 K black on brown (with coloured border)
  5 K black on blue (with coloured border)

Could the stamps be a forgery?:

I think this is a cut from a postal stationery, but I'm not 100 % sure:

 

For stamps of Persia issued from 1881 to 1894 click here.


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