Egypt 1867 Issue, (Scott #8)

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(Scott #8)

(Scott #8 Forgery A)

(Scott #8 Forgery B)

(Scott #8)

The head of the sphinx does not touch the two outlines of the front face of the pyramid, and there is a pretty good space between the head and the said outlines.

There are twenty horizontal lines of shading in the left-hand half of the central oval, and only nineteen in the right hand half.

The point of the pyramid projects very slightly above the topmost line of sending.

The dark oval touches the frame to left, to right, and to the top ; but not at the bottom.

The left shoulder of the sphinx (i.e., to the right of the stamp) has two horizontal lines across it, separating it, as it were, into three divisions ; but these divisions are not like steps

The point of the pyramid is rather blunt.

The labels at the bottom, containing the figures. of value, are very much wider than the width of the side-frames Which contain the pillar and " needle" ; indeed, they are nearly as wide as the two labels at the top, which contain the word PARA.

(Scott #8 Forgery A)

This is much less like the genuine, but is very much more common ; in fact, I continually find the whole set of this type in the collections sent to me for opinion.

Lithographed, in reddish-orange, instead of golden-yellow, on thick,, rather soft, very white wove paper ; no watermark ; badly pin-perforated 12i.

The head of the sphinx almost touches the outlines of the front face of the pyramid, as in the first forgery.

There are twenty-two horizontal lines of shading on the left-hand side of the oval, -and twenty-one on the right-hand side. The pyramid is sharply pointed, and the point does not project beyond the topmost line of shading.

The left shoulder of the sphinx, op the right-hand side of the stamp, is cut into three distinct steps, as in the first forgery.

The great test, however, for this counterfeit is in the fact that the lower labels, which contain the figures of value are only as wide as the width of tile side-frames, which contain the " needle I and the pillar. 'The dark oval touches the frame on the right side only.

The Egyptian inscription in the bottom label is that of the genuine 5 piastres, to be described hereafter.

Earee Second Forgery Spiro

(Scott #8 Forgery B)

The specimen is cut closely, so I am not able to say whether it has been perforated or not.

Lithographed, on hard, white wove paper, very like that of the genuine but without any watermark.

The head of the sphinx almost touches the two outlines of the front face of the pyramid.

There are twenty one horizontal lines of sliding on the left-hand side of the central oval, and the same number on the right-hand side.

The pyramid ends in a tolerably sharp point, which only just comes up as far as the uppermost line of shading , an does not project beyond it.

The dark oval touches the frame on the right side, and very nearly touches on the left ; but is at a considerable distance from the top and bottom of the frame.

The left shoulder of the sphinx, on the right side of the stamp, is cut into three very distinct steps.

The labels at the bottom, containing the figures of value, are as wide in this forgery as in the genuine.

Earee First Forgery

Compiled by Bill Claghorn (July 16, 2000)