The Stamps of the Suez Canal Company 1868 - Ninth Forgery
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Attribution: Broadway Approvals

Designations: Boulad: 20   Barefoot: Not Classified

Denominations: 1, 5, 20 & 40 cents

This miniature sheet was a gift to clients of the stamp dealer Broadway Approvals during the 1950s and 1960s. It was suggested that the sheet could be mounted as such in the album or divided and the stamps mounted singly. Each stamp was marked ‘Facsimile’ on the back, but I guess that with a little ingenuity this mark could be erased. It is therefore included as a potential forgery.

Forgery 9 - Composite Sheet of 1, 5, 20 and $0 Cent Stamps

The image above illustrates the complete sheet as distributed and a magnified section of the sheet is reproduced below for the purpose of identifying the characteristics common to all four stamps of the set.

Forgery 9 - 40 Cents

  1. The right hand comma is misshapen;
  2. MARI and ME of MARITIME are joined at the base.
  3. There is a large spot the same colour as the stamp just to the right of the central limb of the E of DE.
  4. There are two spots in the sky below MARITIME, one between the T and the I the other between the I and the M
  5. There is a coloured spot just above the smoke half way between the smokestack and the mizzenmast
Note: The 40c value illustrated above shows a second spot to the right of the central limb of the E of DE. This second spot is unique to the 40c value and is not a feature of the other three members of the set.