Comparative Philatelic Forgery
Identification Site

This site shows stamp fakes and forgeries by country and year of issue. You can click on a country name to see a thumbnail catalog of that countries issues and then select a stamp by clicking on that postage stamp. Alternately, you can first click on a year of issue and then select the stamp from there. Clicking on a stamp will bring more detail deeper in the tree. Check back often as this Philatelic Forgery site is new regularly. Forgers covered are Sperati, Fournier, Spiro, Oneglia and others.

This site is intended to be educational, informing viewers of common forgeries and showing their characteristics, primarily by comparison. This site is not intended to be used to certify genuine original stamps, as that can only be done by comparison face to face with genuine reference stamps and forgeries by an expert.

We are working on putting the entire Fournier Album on line. Click the link to the left to see it.

Click on a country name for a pictorial index
or a year for that issue.

Click on a letter to jump to that country index
USA  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  U-Z 

Iceland  Click here for country index Fournier Album
Ile Rouad  Click here for country index (comparison)
India  Click here for country index Fournier Album
India States Chamba Faridicot Gwalior Jhind Nabha Patialia   Page 166     
Inhambani   Page 166     
Ionian Islands  Click here for country index (comparison)      Fournier Album
IndoChina  country index (comparison)      Fournier Album p162   also   Society of Indo-China Philatelists
Iran  Click here for country index (comparison)      Page 165     
Italy   For English click HERE then BACK then click ROSE GRONCHI forgeries and then repeat the process for English.      Fournier Album p98
     Levant, Italian Offices   Fournier Album
    Sardinia Fournier   Fournier Album  
    Romagna  Click here for country index (comparison)
    Tuscany Fournier   Fournier Album Page 143      Page 142      Page 144 
Italian States
  Sperati forgeries 
Ivory Coast   Fournier Album       Fournier Cancel p33

Japan  forgeries (comparison)

Karelia  Click here for country index (comparison)
Kenya  Click here for country index (comparison)
Kiautschou   Fournier Album
Korea  Click here for country index (comparison)

Labuan  Click here for country index (comparison)
Lagos Sperati   Sperati forgeries 
Latvia  Click here for country index (comparison)
Lebanon  1945 Issue 15 Piasters (Scott #177) - Genuine + Forgery A (comparison)
Lebanon  1947 Issue 50 Centimes (Scott #197) - Genuine + Forgery A (comparison)
Lebanon  1947 Issue 1 Piaster (Scott #198) - Genuine + Forgery A (comparison)
Leeward Islands   Page 164     
Levant, German British French Italian Roumanian Russian Offices   Fournier Album p160 Fournier Album p157
Liberia   1860-80 Fournier Issue
Lithuania  Click here for country index (comparison)
Lubeck   1859-62 Issue
Lubeck Sperati   Sperati forgeries 
Luxemburg   1852-80 Issue       Fournier Album p98

Click on a letter to jump to that country index
USA  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  U-Z 

Cameroons Canada Cape of Good Hope Cape Verde Caroline Is. Ceylon Chile China Colombia Comoro Cook Costa Rica Crete Cuba Cuprus Czechoslovakia

Dahomey Danish West Indies Denmark Diego Suarez Dominica Dominican Republic

Ecuador Egypt Estonia

Falkland Islands Fournier Album France French Colonies Congo Guiana Guinea India Polynesia Sudan

Gabon Gambia Gibralter Great Britain Gold Coast Guadeloupe Guatemala

Haiti Hong Kong Hungary

Ionian Islands IndoChina Iran Italy

Labuan Lagos Latvia Lebanon Liberia Lithuania Lubeck Luxemburg

Macao Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mecklenburg Mexico Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat

Netherlands New Brunswick New Caledonia Newfoundland New Zealand
Nicaragua Nigeria North Borneo North Ingermanland Nova Scotia
Obock Oldenburg

Paraguay Parma Persia

Reunion Rhodesia Roman States Romagna Romania Rouad, Ile Russia

Saar St. Christopher St. Helena Ste. Marie de Madagascar St. Thomas & Prince St. Vincent
San Marino Samoa Sardinia Saxony Sedang Senegambia Senegambia
Siam Sierra Leone Shanghai Solomon Islands South Australia Southern Nigeria
Spain Surinam Sweden Switzerland

Thailand Tibet Timor Togo Transvaal Trinidad Turkey Tuscany
Uruguay Venezuela VietNam Wenden Wurttemburg