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ID # 331
SG GB 485forgery

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Archive ID #:

331

Archive Location:

100088

Cat. Number If known, from:
SG Concise 2017
Gault Catalogue 2018
Postmark Society
Barefoot Catalogue
:

485forgery

Type:

Stamp

Block Size:

1

Scanner Details:

(Mac OSX) HP Deskjet 2654 (1200 DPI, 24-bit Colour) through VueScan 9; Edited with GIMP; Lossless compression with ImageOptim; converted with Pixallon (NCH Software) to 350 DPI with 50% Lossy JPEG Compression

Country:

Great Britain

Monarch:

King George VI

Issued:

1939-45?

Face Value:

½ d

Printing Type:

Unknown

Designer (Printer):

Unknown (Unknown)

Colour:

Mint/Used:

Mint

Condition:

Fine

Variant:

Forgery

Hinged?:

Cat. Value (Adjusted Cat. value adjusted for condition:

Fine: - 20%
Good-Fine: - 40%
Good: - 60%
Fair to Good: - 70%
Fair: - 80%
Poor to Fair: - 90%
Poor: - 95%
Spacefiller: -100%
):

£25.00 (£20.00)

Description:

A curious stamp since it is a World War II Nazi forgery, this one smaller then our other specimen. In total we have two different version in our possession at the moment (entry #330 & #331), both of which were acquired from Dauwalders of Salisbury.

Both have the wave watermark which is clearly non-standard! There are also a few other smaller details too, although in this version it’s slightly less well printed.

The crown above King George VI has had the cross replaced with the Star of David and the penny symbol ("D") next to the value has been replace with a crude Hammer and Sickle. Further the flowers to the left and right of the monarch have had their centres replace with a Hammer and Sickle (on the left) and a Star of David (on the right).

This particular specimen, a forged ½d, is in good condition but is clearly a forgery. The print is slightly offset to the left and the print itself is splotchy and lacks the finer details of an original. The Star of David in the crown is partially cut off by the perforations (due to the offset) and the flower changes are hard to discern. Other then that the watermark is heavy and visible by eye and light quite easily. Overall a half-decent forgery, probably done “one the cheap”, and it’s unknown what effetc it really had on the population.

It's probably obvious why these forgeries were created and they are interesting pieces propaganda, and perhaps lesser known then the British forgeries dropped into Germany.

Postmark:

None

Perfin:

None

Used by:

Not used (or user unknown)

Stamp Title:

Nazi Forgeries

Stamp Set:

Nazi Forgeries

Phosphor:

None

Watermark:

Waves

Gum (Type):

Intact (Unknown)

Overprint (Underprint)

None (None)

Elliptical Perforations:

None

Perforation:

Plate (Die):

()

Graphite:

No

Corner Letters:

Not Applicable

Chalk Surface?:

Unknown


Disclaimer: information provided alongside the scans has no guarantee of being corretc. Errors and omissions are likely, especially in regards to the colour and shade of stamps due to personal colour-blindness. Please take everything with a grain of salt. If in doubt, go off the image not the data!

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