Latvia map stamps - forgeries
Type 1 forgery. Printed on the same O16 Bausk maps
used for genuine stamps; 12 rows of 28 stamps; imperf; very poor print
quality. Many sources note a fourth [blurry] star around the sun on
the right, opposite the star on the left. The genuine has three stars.
This is the most common map stamp forgery and the easiest to detect.
It may date from the early 1920s. It is somewhat scarce, but full sheets
are sometimes available. These forgeries are usually sold as forgeries
at a premium price.
Type 1 forgery, block of 4, magnified.
Type 1 forgery, mapside with the upper right corner inscription, magnified.
Type 2 forgery. Blocks of 10x6, printed clearly on
forged German military maps in black with brown contour lines [map type
Ia]. Each block has six clichés of 10 stamps in 5x2 format and
no selvedge. The second stamp in the first row of each cliché
has four stars, versus three on the genuine. The Hofmann handbook notes
that the forged frame lines are thinner than the genuine.
The maps used include K18 Telsze , and a map from the adjoining
corners of L17, M17, L18, M18, both shown below. These blocks are sold
as genuine. Individual stamps could be hard to identify as forgeries.
It may have been printed in Latvia in the 1980s. It is quite scarce.
Type 2 forgery, one cliché, the uppermost 5x2 stamps from a
block of 60. The second stamp in the first row shows a fourth star,
to the right.
Type 2 forgery, mapside reduced, left corner, map K18 Telsze, 1915.
The K18 Telsze on genuine stamps is dated 1914, and has a different
margin inscription. Flaws like the partly unprinted area on the lower
left corner in this example are unknown on genuine maps.
Type 2 forgery, enlarged, upper left pair from block of 60, showing
the fourth star clearly in the second stamp.
Type 2 forgery, center of forged map showing adjoining corners of maps
L17 and M17 above L18 and M18. Note the vertical line between the Lxx
and Mxx pieces and the less visible horizontal misalignment of x17 and
x18 [about 1/5 of the distance from the top]. Plostiņš calls this third
forgery type and says the colour is lighter than the genuine and that
the numeral 5 on the forgery is somewhat different. Please report
other maps with this forgery.
Type 3 forgery. Hofmann's handbook notes a third forgery appearing in
1995 with crude offset printing on both the stamp and map, on soft paper.
This is Plostiņš  second forgery type.
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