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The North Ingermanland forgeries or fakes that I have observed were philatelically created many years ago. Originally, the intent of the forger was probably to create "packet material" from a small country whose stamps were hard to obtain; the intent was certainly not to defraud the post office. Years ago the forgeries sold for low prices, not really in an attempt to cheat collectors, but to give an "opportunity" to have stamps from this small country. However, the real stamps are now more costly and the forgeries are of high enough quality to be "dangerous" to those collectors who do not have the real stamps for comparison.

The forgeries exist on yellowish or extremely white paper. According to the Finnish forgeries manual (available from me), the yellowish paper forgeries were printed in sheets of 10x10 and the extremely white paper forgeries in sheets of 5x5. However, I have seen 5x5 sheets that I consider to be yellowish paper, thus the subject needs further research. In general, all can be identified by a) whiter paper; b) brighter ink colors; c) usually obvious brush marks in the gum; and d) often rough perforations (not a defect; the originals do have rough perforations too). Imperforates, missing centers, inverted centers, and other types of errors also exist (all usually never having been gummed), but are seldom seen on the market.

Scott numbers have been used unless otherwise indicated. All items are available for viewing on approval.

When gummed, the gum was roughly applied by brush. I use the condition "NH" for stamps that do not show any sign of ever having been hinged (whether gummed or ungummed), even if a gummed stamp shows gum disturbance due to the conditions of manufacture.
If you are interested in forgeries of other countries, please see the Forgeries Table of Contents.
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209612
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8-14 Forgeries. Perforated. NH F-VF/VF complete set of singles. It is usually quite difficult to obtain these forgeries in complete NH sets.
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24.00

209613
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8-14 Forgeries. Perforated. NH F-VF/VF/Superb complete set in 4-blocks. Blocks of these forgeries are seldom offered. Furthermore, many blocks have a pinhole in one or more stamps; complete sets of blocks without any pinholes are extremely scarce. This set is perfect!
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109.00

233413
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8-14 Forgeries. IMPERFORATE. Mint (never hinged) Ungummed, VF. Complete set of imperforate singles with large margins. The imperforate forgeries have not been recorded with gum. The imperforate forgeries are VERY SCARCE and are rarely seen in complete sets.
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17.00

209647
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8 Yellowish Olive Green Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, ungummed, white paper, right-margin horizontal pair. NH VF. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties.
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39.00

236493
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8 Yellowish Olive Green Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, ungummed, white paper, horizontal pair. NH VF. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties.
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39.00

236494
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8 Dark Olive Green Frame, Missing Center. Full offset impression on reverse. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, left marginal 4-block. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties.
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98.00

236495
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8 Dark Olive Green Frame, Missing Center. Full offset impression on reverse. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, single. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties.
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26.00

236496
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8 Dark Olive Green Frame, Missing Center. Full offset impression on reverse. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, single. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties.
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26.00

209678
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8 Missing Frame, Blue Center. Full offset impression of Frame on reverse, even though frame is missing from front! Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, horizontal pair. NH VF. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. This is the first time in 33 years I have seen this particular type of forgery variety.
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58.00

236498
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8 Missing Frame, Blue Center. Full offset impression of Frame on reverse, even though frame is missing from front! Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, upper left corner margin 4-block. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. I have made only one find of this particular forgery variety in 38 years.
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112.00

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236499
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8 Missing Frame, Blue Center. Full offset impression of Frame on reverse, even though frame is missing from front! Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, top margin single. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. I have made only one find of this particular forgery variety in 38 years.
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30.00

236500
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8 Missing Frame, Blue Center. Full offset impression of Frame on reverse, even though frame is missing from front! Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, single. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. I have made only one find of this particular forgery variety in 38 years.
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30.00

236497
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8 Missing Frame, Blue Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, right margin horizontal pair. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. This is the only center-only forgery variety I have had of the 10 Penni in 38 years.
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60.00

236489
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9 Yellow Brown Frame, Gray Green Center. Perforated, yellowish paper, gummed, NH VF 4-block.
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15.00

236490
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9 Yellow Brown Frame, Gray Green Center. Perforated, yellowish paper, gummed, NH F-VF/VF 4-block.
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13.00

230638
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9 Yellow Brown Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, bottom margin pair. NH VF. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties.
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39.00

209652
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9 Yellow Brown Frame, Gray Green Center DOUBLED. Perforated, yellowish paper, gummed, Mint VF. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. Any type of double printing is extremely scarce.
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40.00

236501
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9 Missing Frame, Gray-Green Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, pair. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. I have made only one find of this particular forgery variety in 38 years.
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38.00

236502
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9 Missing Frame, Gray-Green Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, marginal pair. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. I have made only one find of this particular forgery variety in 38 years.
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40.00

236503
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9 Missing Frame, Gray-Green Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, marginal 4-block. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. I have made only one find of this particular forgery variety in 38 years.
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78.00

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236504
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9 Missing Frame, Gray-Green Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, 4-block. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. I have made only one find of this particular forgery variety in 38 years.
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76.00

236505
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9 Missing Frame, Gray-Green Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, 4-block. NH Superb. In my experience this value is scarce with any such varieties. I have made only one find of this particular forgery variety in 38 years.
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76.00

238362
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10 Perforated, White Paper. NH Fine (gummed) with CENTER SHIFTED significantly down and to the right. With the rough perforations that are more typical for this denomination. Varieties of the 50 penni forgery are much more unusual than some other values.
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9.00

236487
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11 Pink Frame, Gray Center. Perforated, white paper, NH, gummed (with usual gum irregularities) F-VF+ 4-block.
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15.00

236488
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11 Pink Frame, Gray Center. Perforated, white paper, NH, gummed (with usual gum irregularities) F-VF+ 4-block.
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15.00

209657
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, sheet margin single. NH VF. Scarce!
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22.00

209662
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, FULL SHEET OF 25. There is a diagonal crease in the UL corner affecting one stamp, but otherwise NH VF. A spectacular showpiece and an example of a 5x5 sheet on what I call yellowish paper (contrary to the Finnish Forgery Handbook).
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295.00

236506
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, sheet margin single. NH Superb. Scarce!
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22.00

236507
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, lower left sheet margin corner single. NH Superb. Scarce!
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24.00

236508
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, pair. NH Superb. Scarce!
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40.00

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236509
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, lower margin 4-block. NH Superb. Scarce!
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76.00

209659
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center. The frame of the left stamp is DOUBLED. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, horizontal pair. NH VF. The only example of such a forgery variety I have seen in 33 years.
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230641
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center. The center is shifted strongly to the right. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, horizontal pair. NH VF.
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45.00

230642
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center. The center is shifted strongly to the right. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, horizontal pair. NH VF.
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45.00

236510
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12 Red Orange Frame, Gray Center SHIFTED TO UPPER LEFT. Imperforate, yellowish paper, ungummed, top marginal pair. NH Superb. Scarce!
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45.00

236491
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13 Violet Frame, Red Center. Perforated, white paper, gummed (evenly, which is unusual), NH Superb 4-block.
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22.00

236492
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13 Violet Frame, Red Center. Perforated, white paper, Mint (NH) gummed (usual irregular gum), VF 4-block.
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16.00

236511
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13 Violet Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, upper right corner margin single. NH Superb. In my experience the 5 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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13.00

236512
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13 Violet Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, right margin single. NH Superb. In my experience the 5 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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10.00

236513
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13 Violet Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, right margin single. NH Superb. In my experience the 5 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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10.00

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230644
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13 Violet Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, bottom margin horizontal pair. NH VF. In my experience the 5 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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16.00

236514
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13 Violet Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, 4-block. NH Superb. In my experience the 5 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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28.00

236515
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13 Violet Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, 4-block. NH Superb. In my experience the 5 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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28.00

209667
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13 Violet Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, FULL SHEET OF 25. NH VF. In my experience the 5 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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139.00

238363
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14 Very Dark Brown Frame, Dull Violet Center. Perforated (clean), white paper, gummed. NH VF single with full offset impression of frame on reverse. This type of variety is quite unusual.
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18.00

236516
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14 Brown Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, bottom margin single. NH Superb. In my experience the 10 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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24.00

236517
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14 Brown Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, single. NH Superb. In my experience the 10 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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24.00

236518
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14 Brown Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, 4-block. NH Superb. In my experience the 10 Mark forgery is scarce with varieties.
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80.00

209674
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14 Brown Frame, Missing Center. Imperforate, white paper, ungummed, FULL SHEET OF 25. NH VF. Marginal paper piece missing from lower left corner. Stunning! In my experience the 10 Mark forgery is very scarce with varieties. The only forgery sheet of any type I have ever seen of the 10 Mark in 33 years.
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325.00

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