Prestige Philately Auction 169 CatalogueLot 885Catalogue by themeForgeries
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POSTAGE DUES: Selection including 1902 Crump Forgery 2d and 3d singles *, 1902 No Wmk Perf 11 half sheet (*, toning), Madagascar Specimen extracts with 1902 "Cowan" Unsurfaced 1d (5) and 2d (4) tied by 'POSTES ET TELEGRAPHES/COLLECTION DE BERNE/MADAGASCAR' cancels plus another 1d * & 2d (4, two mint), 1925-1935 "Cowan" Thick Chalky ½d to 2d blocks of 12 ** & 3d block of 4 with 'WANGANUI/9JAN1931/ PARCELS' cancel, 1937 "Wiggins Teape" ½d block of 20 * & 3d (2, *), plus taxed covers with postage dues added, centre offset and plate flaw examples, and additional multiples, Cat £1500+. (Qty 200+)
1914 'G.R.I.' Overprints '3d.' on 25pf black & red on white paper SG 105var with '6d.' on 50pf bisect. A ridiculous fabrication. [Robert Gibbs notes "The 3d on 25pf is reported to exist on white instead of yellow paper. This would be an unofficial variety." However, the possibility of such an "error of colour" slipping through the rigorous controls of the German Post Office is considered as lacking in credibility. Our vendor's assessment is that "this variety is the result of too much exposure to the Samoan sun"]
1914 'G.R.I.' Overprints ditto, vertical strip of 3 tied to small piece by Apia cds, later affixed to a larger piece that just happens to have Bothe guarantee handstamps on the reverse!
1914 'G.R.I.' Overprints '9d.' on 80pf black & carmine/rose from the base of the sheet with the Surcharge Misplaced and 'G.R.I.' Omitted tied to a piece of post office form by a faked Apia cds! Unlisted by Gibbons but listed by Robert Gibbs as #9A. Peter Holcombe Opinion (1992) states that the stamp is genuine but that the piece has been faked. He also states that the overprint "is printed from the original type". However, Gibbs states "...from unofficial printings".