Egypt 1867 Issue, (Scott #11)
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(Scott #11 Forgery A)
There is a distinct space between the head of the sphinx and the two outlines of the front face of the pyramid.
There are twenty horizontal lines of shading in the central oval, to the left of the pyramid, and the same number to the right of it.
The point of the pyramid is very blunt, and comes just tip to the topmost line of shading.
The dark oval touches the frame on the right hand side, and very nearly touches it on the left-hand side ; but the top and bottom are at a good distance from the frame.
The hieroglyphics on Cleopatra's needle are so very faint, that they arc hardly visible; and the needle appears to be white at a first glance.
Pompeiiís pillar is very lightly shaded, and the main shift of it is not put centrally on to the base, but far too much to the left.
This is an easy test for the genuine. The white line of the frame, to the right of the pillar, if prolonged downwards into the lower label, would cut exactly through the o of the 20 ill the left-hand, lower label.
The shoulder of the left-hand 2 does not project backwards further than just level with the end of the tail.
(Scott #11 Forgery A)
The head of the sphinx just touches the two outlines of the front face of the pyramid.
There are twenty-two horizontal lines to the left of the pyramid, and the same number to the right.
The point of the pyramid very sharp, and the dark part of it comes right up to the very top of the central design, and touches the thin, colored line which runs round it.
The dark oval outside this touches the frame to the right and to the left, and almost touches it at the top.
The hieroglyphics on Cleopatra's needle are very dark and heavy.
The pillar is very heavily shaded, and it is put centrally on to the base, thus altering the mistake of the engraver of the genuine.
The white line of the frame, to the right of the pillar, if prolonged downwards, would only pass through the left side of the o of 2o, instead of through the center of it.
The shoulder of the left-hand 2 projects backwards, beyond the level of the end of the tail.
The originals are in yellowish-green ; these forgeries are much darker, and of almost a bluish-green.
|Compiled by Bill Claghorn (July 16, 2000)|