Gambia 1869. (Scott #1)

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Forgery A Spiro

Gambia #1. The last A in Gambia has a flat top in the forgery and comes to a point in the original. Also, the hair hanging down in back has just a faint wisp coming off from it in the original, in the forgery it is much more pronounced. Also, if you place the number 1 next to the forgery you will see that the fancy curly ques in the corners are much thicker and heavier in the forgery. There are 4 or 5 other forgeries mentioned in Album Weeds and the Serrane Guide but this is the most common. Any of these you buy, you should have expertised...most are fakes.

Forgery B

Forgery C

Forgery D

Forgery E


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The Work of Jean De Sperati by the British Philatelic Association 1955

Album Weeds by Rev. R. B. Earee

The Serrane Guide by Fernand Serrane

The Forged Stamps of all Countries by J. Dorn

Compiled by Bill Claghorn (July 01, 2000)