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1853 Local issues for Madrid

Genuine, image obtained from Bill Claghorn's forgery site 1 c bronze 3 c bronze Genuine, image obtained with permission from a Sandafayre auction

  1 c bronze
  3 c bronze

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cRRRR 
3 cRRRRRR 

Reprints exist of these stamps, they are of much less value than the original stamps. It seems that the paper of the reprints is whiter than the originals (the original stamps have a yellowish paper tint). Furthermore, in the reprint of the 3 c the bottom part of the 'S' of 'CUARTOS' is missing and the tail of the 'R' of this word is broken. Deceptive forgeries exist!

Essays exist with a 2 c stamp (by the way, the following stamps could be forgeries):


(Essay?)


(Essays?, note left 'CUARTO' and right 'CUARTOS')

Bogus issue or non-issued stamp? Inscription 'CORREO INTERIOR 5 CUARTOS', colour red:

and a primitive forgery (note the clumsy crown):

A slightly more deceptive forgery (note the broad top of the 'R' in 'CORREO INTERIOR'):

Another stamp that I do not trust, the number of lines in the lower corners is different from the above genuine stamps:

Sperati forgery?:


(I've been told that these are Sperati forgeries, I have no further information)

And some more highly 'suspected' stamps and other forgeries:

The bear is sitting straight up! Forgery Forgery! Forgery!

 

1854 Arms of Spain, inscription 'CORREOS 1854' (except for 2 Cs green)

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com 1 R blue, with cancel lines: sold to stamp dealers 2 Rs orange Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  2 Cs green (inscription 'CORREOS')
  4 Cs red
  6 Cs red
  1 Rl blue
  2 Rs orange
  5 Rs green
  6 Rs blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 cRRRRRAlso exists on bluish paper
4 cRR*Also exists on bluish paper
6 cR* 
1 RlRRRRRAlso exists on bluish paper
With remainder cancel (bars): ***
2 RsRRRRAlso exists on thick bluish paper: RRR
5 RsRRRR 
6 RsRRRRR 
Remainders:

Remainders were cancelled with horizontal bars, examples:

1 R blue, with cancel lines: sold to stamp dealers

Forgeries:

I presume the forgeries below are Segui forgeries, the are quite deceptive (mostly uncancelled):


(A Segui forgery)


(Segui forgeries)

Other stamp that I do not trust, there is no dot behind '1854' and the dot below the 'DO' is below the 'O'. The cancels are very peculiar:


(Spiro forgeries?)

Other forgeries:

Forgery with no dots:

The above forgery has not dots behind '1854', under 'DO' or behind 'Rs'.

Album Weeds describes several forgeries of these stamps:

First (and only) forgery of the 2 Cs of Album Weeds:


Image obtained from the forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn.

A forgery is described of the 2 Cs value in Album Weeds, with the second 'O' of 'CORREOS' much larger than the letters besides it. I'm not sure if this forgery is the same as the one shown above.

First (and only) forgeries of the 1 Rl and 4 Cs described in Album Weeds


Second image obtained from the forgeries idenfication site of Bill Claghorn.

The 1 Rl forgery described in Album Weeds has the bottom parts of all 'C's omitted. The '5' in '1854' is much taller than the '8'. The dot behind '1854' is placed too far to the left. The cancel consists of two black bars. This 1 Rl forgery can also be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic forgeries'. Fournier offers this forgery together with a 5 Rs forgery for 0.50 Swiss Francs (second choice forgeries) in his 1914 pricelist. A similar forgery of the 4 Cs is described in Album Weeds, also with a black bar cancel and the 'C' as in the above forgery. However, this forgery has the dot below the 's' of 'Cs', it should be to the right of the 's' in the genuine 4 Cs stamp.

First forgery of the 2 Rs of Album Weeds:


(First forgery of Album Weeds)

The above forgery of the 2 Rs is described in Album Weeds: the 'C's of 'CORREOS' and 'CERT' have the bottom part omitted. 'CORREOS' is spelt: 'C ORRE OS'. The letters 'ERT' are much bigger than the 'C' in 'CERT'. The 'T' of this word almost touches the frame line below it. This forgery is (always?) cancelled with a thick horizontal bar. This forgery can also be found in 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries', though it does not appear in Fournier's 1914 pricelist. The 5 Rs stamp next to it appears to have been made by the same forger (it is cancelled with two horizontal bars, picture found at http://www.graus.com ). This 5 Rs stamp can also be found in Fournier's Album.

Another forgery of the 2 Rs value is described in Album Weeds with the '54' of '1854' larger than the '18' and no dot behind '1854'.

Third forgery of Album Weeds of the 5 Rs stamp:


(Third forgery of Album Weeds of the 5 Rs stamp)

In the above forgery the letters of the inscription are different, for example the dot behind '1854' is too small and placed too far to the left. The '5' of this same word has a very large bottom part. The dot under 'DO' is placed exactly between these two letters, in the genuine stamp it should be placed slightly to the left. The '5' in the bottom is very peculiar and the 'R' of 'Rs' has a very long tail. The cancel looks like a Parilla cancel, but is different from it (too large).


Fiscal Stamp in a similar design

1856 Inscription 'DRO JUDICIAL' (Derecho Judicial) similar design as arms stamps of Spain, issued for Spanish Westindies

In this design exist the values: 1/2 r (black, green, orange or blue), 1 r (blue, black or violet), 2 r (violet, green, orange or red), 5 r (violet, orange, red or black), 10 r (black, red, green, orange or violet), 100 r (blue, red, violet or green).


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