Egypt 1867 Issue, (Scott #3)

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(Scott #3)

(Scott #3 Forgery A)

(Scott #3)

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 loop with white center.
The right-hand end of the bottom surcharge is like a capital V, laid on its side, with its point to the left, and with a short, wavy stroke below it.
There is a thick, small O, forming the top of the central letter of the inscription, and with three clustering dots below the left-hand end of it.
The P of PARA in the upper, left hand corner is of the same thickness as the rest of the letters of the word ; and the top of each A is pointed.
The P of PARA in the lower, right-hand corner is like the other one; but the top of each A is cut off square.
The bottom, heart-shaped point of the central cross or ornament inclines too much to the right of its proper position.

(Scott #3 Forgery A)

Paper, perforation, etc., the same as in the forged 5 paras. The right hand end of the middle surcharge is a black knob ; and the center of the middle loop of it is round, instead of being oval, as the genuine is.
The bottom surcharge is like that of the genuine 5 paras, with a dot below the first letter at the right-hand end, a dot and a stroke above the middle of it, and three clustering dots below the middle.
The P of PARA in the upper, left-hand corner is very thin, and squeezed up, compared with the rest of the letters of the word ; the first A is pointed, and the second A is cut off square.
The P of PARA in the lower, right-hand corner is very badly shaped ; the first A is Cut off square, and the second A is roundcd at the top.
The bottom point of the central cross or ornament inclines too much to the left of its proper position.

Compiled by Bill Claghorn (July 16, 2000)