Samoa 1877-82. (Scott #1 - 8)

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Genuine

M right leg straight

 

Forgery A

Fournier
M right leg bent
End pearls under Express touch line

Forgery B

M right leg bent

 

Genuine

State 1:
1877, 20 in sheet (4x5)
six of twenty NOT straight edged
Dots small, even spaced, uniform
Line above X is unbroken
Serif of M is horizontal
Perfs 12 1/2 rough (some blind)
Gum is yellowish and often streaky

State 2:
1878, 10 in sheet (2x5)
ALL stamps straight edged
Small dot between M and O
Break in line above X
Perfs 12 1/2 clean cut
Gum is yellowish

State 3:
1879, 20 in sheet (4x5)
ALL stamps straight edged
Small dot between M and O removed
Redrawn in line above X
Perfs 12 1/2 clean cut,
also 11.8 clean cut
Gum is yellow and streaky (some brown)

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Forgery C

Only 7 known
Curl above S of SAMOA

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Bibliography

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)
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