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Many of the remainders of the early stamps of Spain (1854-1870) were sold to dealers after they were cancelled with three thick horizontal bars. They are of lesser value than genuine used stamps.
5 Mils green 10 Mils brown 2 c grey (1872) 5 c green (1872)
1/4 c blue 1/4 c green 1/4 c green (other crown)
Value of the stamps
vc = very common c = common * = not so common ** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon R = rare RR = very rare RRR = extremely rare
|1/4 c blue||**||***||1872, forgeries seem to exist!|
|1/4 c green||c||c||1876|
|1/4 c green (other crown)||**||**||1873|
There are many postal forgeries of the early issues of Spain. The Spanish authorities were forced to issue a new series of stamps almost every year because of this. Besides postal forgeries, many philatelic forgeries exist. I posess an old catalogue of 1896 ('Gebruder Senf's Illustrierter Postwerzeichen Katalog') in which a warning against excellent forgeries is already given: "Vor den grossartig gelungenen Fälschungen aller selteneren marken Spaniens (zu Sammelzwecken) kann nicht genug gewarnt werden" (translation from German: Not enough warnings can be given against the exceedingly well executed forgeries of all rare Spanish stamps, for collecting purposes).
I'm not a specialist in this field, but I have added pictures whenever I know the stamp is a forgery and tried to add as much information as possible. Among numerous forgers, the most dangerous are Sperati forgeries and Segui forgeries.
'La Obra de Jean de Sperati: España y Colonias Españolas' (in Spanish, I haven't seen this book myself).
In this catalogue:
Spain 1850 Queen Isabella forgeries
Spain 1851 Queen Isabella forgeries
Spain 1852-59 Queen Isabella forgeries
Spain 1860 Queen Isabella forgeries
A nice site on the stamps of Spain with its forgeries can be found at http://www.graus.com. However, it is in Spanish, and it is quite difficult to get to the actual information. The easiest way to get in is explained on www.filatelia.fi/forglinks/index.html: "Path to the descriptions: click on the arrowed button at top, then put the cursor over M-E-N in the lower left hand margin, and select España y Colonias from the menu that opens automatically. Finally select among the "épocas". You may also like to check Graus' forgery information in the Peligros (under M-E-N and Noticias). Click on the words above "Clicar". There is also plenty of information in his 'Peligros' (I have no idea what this means in Spanish).
Arana = spider (name of a cancel used in Spain)
Auténtico = genuine
Baeza = name of a cancel used in Spain
Dentado = perforated
Estampilla = stamp
Falso = forgery
Matasellos = cancel
No hay estampillas = no stamps available
Parilla = name of a cancel used in Spain
Rueda de carreta = wheel (name of a cancel used in Spain)
Sello = stamp
Usado = used
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