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King George VI
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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.
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