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SPAIN Forgeries 1851 issue

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Many forgeries were made of the 1851 issue with Queen Isabella. Much information can be found on: http://www.graus.com/ (in Spanish).

Examples of forgeries:


(A primitive forgery)

More deceptive forgeries:


(Segui forgeries? Usually uncancelled)

Segui forgery Segui forgery! Segui forgery!
(Segui forgeries)

Segui forgeries are usually uncancelled, I think he made forgeries of all values (I have seen 12 Cs, 2 Rs and 6 Rs for certain). These forgeries are quite deceptive.

Peter Winter forgeries:


(Peter Winter forgeries)

The above forgeries were made by Peter Winter.

Spiro forgeries:


Image on the right obtained from Bill Claghorn's forgery site: http://www.geocities.com/claghorn1p/Spain/Spain06x.htm


(Reduced size, note the 'Spiro cancel' on this forgery)

Spiro forgeries are (always?) cancelled with this very peculiar cancel, that was never used in Spain.

Other forgeries:


(First forgery of the 5 r and 10 r mentioned in Album Weeds, image obtained from the forgery identification site of Bill Claghorn)

This forgery is the first forgery of the 5 r and 10 r mentioned in Album Weeds; the 'I' and 'F' of 'CERTIFIO' are almost touching. The first 'C' of 'CINCO' is very strange (in the 5 r). The first 'R' of 'CORREOS' touches the line below it. There also seems to be forgeries of 2 r and 6 r with the same characteristics.

5 R red, forgery?
(Fourth forgery of the 5 r mentioned in Album Weeds)

The above stamp is the fourth forgery of the 5 r stamp, mentionned in Album Weeds. In the genuine 5 r the letters 'REA' of 'REALES' are all joined at the bottom, here they seem to be separated. The cancel is as the genuine stamps, but the 'arrows' are missing in this forgery. Also the 'I' of 'CINCO' is thicker at the top than at the bottom.

Some other forgeries:

I've been told that the next stamps areSperati forgeries, I have no further information:


(Sperati forgeries?)


(Forgery of the 2 r blue misprint together with a 'normal' 6 r stamp)


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