Egypt 1867 Issue, (Scott #9)
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(Scott #9 Forgery A)
The head of the sphinx does not touch the two outlines of the front face of the pyramid.
In one type, there are twenty horizontal lines of shading on each side of the central oval, behind the pyramid; and in another type, there are twenty on the left-hand side, and nineteen on the right-hand side.
In the former type, the point of the pyramid projects considerably beyond the topmost line of shading, and in the other type, it does not project at all-the dark oval touches only the right-hand side of the frame.
The left shoulder of the sphinx looks somewhat as though it had been cut into steps, but not so markedly as in the forgery of tile 5 Paras.
The labels at the bottom are nearly as wide as the corresponding ones at the top.
The 1 of 10 in the left-hand label has 1 distinct side-stroke, exactly like the 1 in the right-hand label.
The last character at the left-hand end of the lower inscription does not touch the left-hand side of its. containing-frame, but is at a considerable distance from it.
(Scott #9 Forgery A)
Lithographed ; paper, perforation, etc., the same as in the second forgery of the 5 Paras.
The head of the sphinx almost touches the two outlines of the front face of the pyramid.
There are twenty two horizontal lines of shading to the left of the pyramid in the central oval, and the same number on the right-hand side.
The point of the pyramid is sharper than in the genuine, and projects very slightly beyond the topmost line of shading behind it.
The dark oval touches the frame at the sides only, and not at the top or bottom. The left shoulder of the sphinx is cut into three unmistakable steps.
The labels at the bottom are like the genuine.
The 1 of the 10 in the left-hand label has no oblique side stroke ; the 1 in the right-hand label is like the genuine.
The last character at the left-hand end of the lower inscription touches tile left side of its containing-frame.
The color of the genuine stamps varies from lilac to mauve ; the forgeries are more of a violet color.
|Compiled by Bill Claghorn (July 16, 2000)|