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michael78651
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20 Aug 2019
03:13:57pm
If you have stamps that have been authenticated by a competent authority, and have a certificate to show regardless if the stamp was found to be genuine or not, please share a good, clear copy of it in this thread. This will become a sort of reference collection of authenticated stamps.
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04 Sep 2019
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DaveSheridan
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04 Sep 2019
03:37:22am
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A 1943 RPSL certificate for a forgery of Falkland Islands SG13a or 14a

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04 Sep 2019
03:50:29am

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Germany, 1919, Michel 105a.
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04 Sep 2019
03:56:13am

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Germany, 1919, Michel 109 II (variety). Dot on Oval between first 1 and 9 of 1919.

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BrightonPete
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04 Sep 2019
04:02:50am
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I received this letter with a "post office" sheet of Canada #587, Caricatures definitive series showing previous Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. The plate info has been trimmed, and has no gum on the back, or front. I bought it in the late 70's, early 80's. I can't remember how much I paid for it. I'd post a photo, but it is just a sheet without gum.

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Opa
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04 Sep 2019
04:04:26am

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Germany, 1920, Michel 115d.

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Opa
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04 Sep 2019
04:12:51am

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Germany, 1923, Michel 244c.

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keesindy
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04 Sep 2019
11:33:33am
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Allenstein

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Cape of Good Hope

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Ivory Coast

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Peru

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Gabon

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Gambia

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Liberia

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Uruguay

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Zanzibar

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04 Sep 2019
05:57:53pm

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Would it be possible to set this up as a separate Topic and then have all of the certificates listed alphabetically by country? This could be set up much like the auctions where each country can be listed individually.

It would also be very good to have a separate image of the certified stamp, large in size. If the image is sharp and large, it could be used as a way to judge whether one's own stamp has a good chance of being authentic. If find the pictures of the stamps on the certificates to be not useful in this regard.

This would probably entail a lot of work on one person's part, but the result could be very useful. I would certainly find it useful. Since I am now selling worldwide stamps, I could use such a library to help weed out forgeries without having to send them off to the APS for their examination. As an example, I have been working through a few of the first issues of Guatemala, with most described in Scott as having been heavily forged. The catalog values are too low to justify having them authenticated.

If there is already an library similar to this available online, I would like to know about it. There are just so many issues that have been forged that it makes it difficult to determine whether your own stamps are authentic when you don't have an authentic copy as a comparison.

I have a number of additional certificates that can be posted. I will be sending more stamps off to the APS for examination before I list them for sale. In most cases it will be stamps having a catalog value of at least $200 and noted in Scott as being forged or their overprints being forged. I will also have stamps examined that appear to have Mint-Never-Hinged gum and have a high catalog value.

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michael78651
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04 Sep 2019
06:30:24pm
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We do not have another location on this site where we have such a library. There are many sites that show forgeries and genuine stamps.

My idea was similar to what you're suggesting. I did not expect to see so many certificates listed so quickly. That's great, by the way. I think the idea of also including a picture of the associated stamp (front and back as one person has done) is a good idea.

I have asked our Web Wizard if it is possible to force this thread to remain at the top of this topic so that it doesn't get lost as new threads are created. I don't know if this can be done. It is all contingent on the site's programming. We shall see what he thinks/says.

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DaveSheridan
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04 Sep 2019
07:13:03pm
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"As an example, I have been working through a few of the first issues of Guatemala, with most described in Scott as having been heavily forged. The catalog values are too low to justify having them authenticated"



For early issues, Earee is highly recommended. This book has saved me a lot of money on certificates http://www.stormthecastle.com/stamp-collecting/free-books/Album_weeds_or_How_to_detect_forged_stam.pdf

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04 Sep 2019
08:47:09pm

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I just did a quick Google search for Guatemala stamp forgeries and came up with a lot of hits. The site I found the best was as follows:

http://stampforgeries.com/

Nice clear and large pictures of the stamps. Happily, my first issue Guatemala stamps appear to be authentic. When I list them for sale, I will include a link within the auction description so that a potential buyer can go to this site and check out the authentic versus forged examples. They can make up their own mind whether the stamp is authentic.

The one area where I have been searching for help is on the overprinted French Equatorial Africa airmail stamps. There are two high values that are noted in Scott as having forged overprints. I tried getting expert opinions on them from the APS, but they don't have an expert in the area of French colonies to render an opinion. No hits when performing a Google search. Any ideas other than just a comparison to the other stamps from this set assuming that their overprints are authentic?

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rwillis29
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05 Sep 2019
12:40:11am
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Opa
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05 Sep 2019
04:17:39am

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Germany, Michel 226aU, imperforated pair.

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05 Sep 2019
04:27:32am

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Danzig, Michel 16 I, Plate flaw ( Brocken "5")on the center stamp.

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05 Sep 2019
04:35:13am

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Danzig, Michel 178 U, imperforated pair.

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05 Sep 2019
04:51:58am

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Germany, 1920, 40pf (2x), Michel 145 F, off-color (porous print).

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05 Sep 2019
05:13:57am

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Germany 1919, Michel 104c (color variety)from cylinder print.

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08 Sep 2019
12:18:11pm
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