Egypt 1867 Issue, (Scott #15)

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(Scott #15)

(Scott #15 Forgery A)

(Scott #15 Forgery B)

(Scott #15 Forgery C)

(Scott #15 Genuine)

Paper, watermark, etc., the same as in the genuine 5 paras.

The head of the sphinx does not touch the two outlines of the front face of the pyramid.

There are nineteen horizontal lines of shading oil tile left-hand side of the central oval, and the same number on the right-hand side of it.

The dark oval touches the frame at the top only.

The white line to the left of the E, in the right-hand tipper corner, is continuous with the white line down the left of the needle.

The needle and pillar are very lightly shaded, so as to appear almost white.

(Scott #15 Forgery A and Forgery B Spiro)

paper, etc.,. the same as in the second forgery of the 5 Para.

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

There are twenty-two lines of shading in the central oval, on each side of the pyramid.

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

The white line down by the left-hand side of the needle is not continuous with the similar white line, to the left of the r,,, in the tipper, right-hand corner ; but is set too much to the left.

The easiest test of this forgery is in the fact that the forgers have made the lower labels, which bear the figures of value, twice as wide as the upper labels, which bear the letters P, E. In fact, the lower labels in this stamp have been copied from the genuine 5 paras value, which has them broad.

There is also another error, not so obvious ; for the inscription at the bottom is the same as that on the genuine 5 paras, instead of that. on the 5 piastres ; and the second forgery of the 5 paras, described above, has the inscription which ought to appear on this value, so that the forgers have evidently mixed up the two values. The proper inscription, in the lower label of the genuine 5 paras, is in three separate words, or sets of characters ; whilst the proper inscription, in the lower label of the genuine 5 piastres, is in five separate words, or sets of characters ; but the two, as I have said, are just reversed in these two forgeries.

(Scott #15 Forgery C)

There is no watermark.

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 in the oval, 'on the left of the p3,j-ainid, and the same number to the right of it. The dark oval touches the frame on the right, and almost on the left.

The white line forming the left side of the frame of the needle does not correspond either with the line to the left of the F, in the upper, right-hand corner, or with the similar line to the left of the 5, in the lower, right-hand corner, being too much to the left of both of them. This is an easy test for this forgery.

The inscription in the lower label is the same as that on the genuine ; the little frames in the bottom corners, containing the figures of value, are also about the same width as in the genuine.

Compiled by Bill Claghorn (July 16, 2000)