1881 Coat of Arms Inland Issue Forgeries

Many believe this forgery to be the work of Fran├žois Fournier but to my knowledge, it has not been confirmed. The easiest way to detect forgeries of this issue is with a perforation gauge. The genuine stamps are perf 10 1/2. Forgeries are known in perf 11 1/2, 12, 14 and potentially others. If you don't have a perforation gauge handy, there are some areas that can easily identify forgeries. I compared a genuine copy with the die proof and two perf 11 1/2 forgeries and below are just a few of the differences.

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1. Upper Left Corner
Die Proof Genuine Perf 11 1/2 Forgery Perf 11 1/2 Forgery 2
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2. Bird
Die Proof Genuine Perf 11 1/2 Forgery Perf 11 1/2 Forgery 2
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3. Plow
Die Proof Genuine Perf 11 1/2 Forgery Perf 11 1/2 Forgery 2
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4. Lower Right Corner
Die Proof Genuine Perf 11 1/2 Forgery Perf 11 1/2 Forgery 2
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Further reading

  • "An Interesting Forgery" / pp. 5-6 / Journal of the Liberian Philatelic Society / Weaver, Kent E. / Jan-Mar 2010

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