Nova Scotia 1851-53 Issue, (Scott #4 & 5)

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(Scott #5)

(Scott #5 Forgery A)

(Scott #5 Forgery B)

(Scott #5 Forgery C)

(Scott #5 Genuine)

Issue of 1 September, 1851; blue paper.
Also on bluish or almost white paper.

Nicely engraved, in taille-douce, on tolerably thick, wove paper, varieties as above.

There are small, dark lines, in each of the letters of SIXPENCE and POSTAGE, following the curves of the said letters ; for instance, the S shows a small, dark s, in the center of the larger one.

In the x, the limb that runs down from right to left has a long, dark line in it, while the limb that runs down from left to right has two short, dark lines in it (`/.).

This must be noted, as a test for the dangerous forgery, hereafter described.

In the N of this word, the dark line in the oblique limb is drawn rather short, and the one in the last upright limb is drawn long (I`I).

Some of the points of the leaves of the thistle run well up into four of the points of the white star in which the thistle is drawn.

The two leaves of the rose are shaded nearly all over, and there is a distinct, Y-shaped vein in the left-hand leaf.

The white center of the rose itself has four very tiny dark dots in it. From this center radiate five dark lines, each having an end something like the zodiacal sign of Aries.

The left-hand leaf of the rose runs partly up into one of the rays of the containing-star.

The orb and cross, on the top of the crown, are quite distinct, and the two fleurs de lys, below the arches, are decidedly prominent ; the central peak of each of them showing well against the dark background of the middle of the crown. Each arm of each fleur de lys has a distinct line of shading in it.

The stars, flowers, crown, etc., are all enclosed in. a large quatrefoil ; and the points of this quatrefoil exactly meet the points of the four corner-diamonds, which contain the figures of value.

The general background, inside this quatrefoil, is composed of engine-turning, too elaborate to describe without diagrams.

(Scott #5 Forgery A)

Poorly lithographed, on thinner and harder paper than the genuine.

The little dark lines before-mentioned are visible in the word SIXPENCE, as in the genuine ; but there are none in the word POSTAGE, whose letters are plain white.

The leaves of the thistle run not only into all the three upper rays of the containing-star, but also into all three lower rays as well.

The points of the large quatrefoil do not meet the points of the diamonds containing the figures of value ; the one at the bottom, especially, coming much too far to the right.

The orb and cross at tile top of the crown are very indistinct, and seem to be, as it were, somewhat crushed down into the crown.

The leaves of the rose are very white, and neither of them runs into the star-points.

Also in this version:

The white corner-diamonds, containing the numerals, are drawn too small, so that, in three out of the four, the 6 touches the side of the diamond ;

the dark lines in the second E of PENCE are imperfect, only showing in the top limb and the tongue of that letter ;

the left-hand leaf of the rose is very much darker than the right-hand one.

(Scott #5 Forgery C)

Compiled by Bill Claghorn (July 16, 2000)