Typographed (?) in color on thin, greyish-white wove paper ; watermarked (all but the 1 piastre) with a ten-rayed star, or flower, whichever it may be, over a pyramid ; perforated 12 1/2 all round, or sometimes perforated 12 1/2 top and bottom, and unperforated at the sides. The characters of the top surcharge are all joined together ; the one like a magnified comma touching the oblique stroke to the left of it with its tail.
The right-hand end of the middle surcharge is a very small, blunt, upward ]look ; and the left-hand end of it is a long, large, upward hook, whose upper point ends on a level with the right-hand hook.
The bottom surcharge has one dot below the first character on the right-hand end, three clustering dots below the center of the said surcharge, and one dot over a short wavy line, above the surcharge, a little to the right of the center.
The 5 in each corner is small and compact, with its head quite as large as its tail. The central flower has fourteen petals. The borders of the stamp are formed of diamond-shaped ornaments ; but the point of a large diamond runs into the middle of each piece of bordering, at the top and bottom and sides.
The top border has three entire diamonds to left of the large one, and almost three entire diamonds to the right; but the large diamond hides a small part of the inner diamond on the right.
The bottom border contains three entire diamonds to the right, and also three entire ones to the left of the large one.
The inner points of these large diamonds, at top and bottom, do not touch the frame, or rather the points of the frame, of the central flower.
(Scott #1 Forgery A)
Lithographed, on stout, very white wove paper; no watermark ; perforated 12, and sometimes 12 1/2. The character like a magnified comma, in the top surcharge, does not touch the oblique stroke to the left of it with its tail. The right-hand end of the middle surcharge is a small knob, which points downwards, obliquely, to the right.
The left-hand side of the said surcharge ends merely in a curve, with a blunt end, a good deal lower than the level of the right-hand end.
The bottom surcharge is quite different from the genuine, being a copy of the bottom one of the genuine 20 paras, to be described hereafter.
There is a stroke under the first character of this surcharge to the right, three clustering dots under the last character to left, and no dot at all above the surcharge.
Each 5 is of a peculiar shape, with the tail very much larger than the bead.
The central flower has nineteen petals.
In the top border, there are only two and a half entire, small diamonds, on each side of the point of the large diamond.
In the bottom border, there are three to the left, and two and a half to the right of the large diamond.
The inner points of the top and bottom large diamonds are joined to the points of the frame round the central flower.