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 Collectible Stamp Forgeries
Forgeries created to deceive stamp collectors have been around for well over one hundred years. Some were -- and are currently being -- created specifically to cheat collectors. Others were created as a practical means to supply large quantities of hard-to-find (even if inexpensive) stamps from "small countries" for sale cheaply in packets. In the broadest definition, forgeries come in many forms, ranging from bogus stamps that don't exist in any other form (really a different category), to complete fabrications intended to represent genuine stamps, to additions (i.e. overprints, postmarks, etc.) on otherwise genuine stamps with the intention of increasing their value. "Postal forgeries", made to defraud the post office, also exist and are the subject of intense interest by collectors. There is also the area of "official reprints" which are usually stamps that have been officially printed again at a later time; sometimes the reprints can be worth more than the original issues -- but often are worth much less. And, there are "private reprints" or "afterprints" which were usually printed unofficially by a private person who obtained access to the original printing plates. There are also many ways in which stamps can be manipulated or repaired to improve apparent quality, but that is another subject.

Many people collect forgeries, as well as reprints, especially the older forgeries by identified forgers. The names of famous forgers such Fournier and Spiro come to mind. Occasionally, rare forgeries can exceed the value of modestly-priced genuine stamps; typically, however, the value of collectible forgeries is a small or tiny fraction of the value of the real item. Often in the case of "common" forgeries, the cost may be 50 cents to a couple/few dollars, which simply represents the seller's cost of finding, describing, stocking, and providing the items. In some cases forgeries are more common than the genuine stamps -- in other cases they are extremely scarce. Just because a genuine stamp is inexpensive, does not mean that forgeries would not have been made; sometimes they were made in the early days because it was too difficult to obtain the genuine stamps in quantity (for packets). A dealer's selling price of forgeries of inexpensive stamps may have more to do with the skill and cost required to identify them than anything else.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying and selling correctly identified older forgeries. There is, however, a tremendous "gray area" of recently/currently created forgeries. With confluence of the high quality color copiers & printers and the popularity of Internet auctions, a whole new genre of forgeries was created and marketed to unsuspecting buyers. Even when such newly created forgeries are clearly marked and marketed as forgeries for just a dollar or two, many -- including me -- argue that they are damaging to the future of philately and will cause no end of problems in the future. Serious forgery collectors often do buy such items (for just a dollar or two) simply to have a reference example -- which in itself makes a lot of sense -- but that alone feeds the forgers' appetite. I do not offer any newly created forgeries.

An excellent resource and information portal for stamp forgeries, expertizers, and expertizing is operated by G. Kock and is found at Stamp Forgery Guide.
The following Google query will yield many hours of interesting reading about stamp forgeries: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=stamp+forgeries

The listings below are my website sections currently (or previously) containing significant offerings of or information about forgeries. If you are seeking something that is not yet present, please let me know what you are seeking.
Collectible Forgeries  
SCANDINAVIA:

Denmark:
   [Article] Identifying Danish Postfærge Fakes & Forgeries (Postaerge; Postal Ferry; Parcel Post)

Iceland:
   [Price List] Iceland Classic Issues Stamp Forgeries

Karelia:
   [Article] Karelia: 1922 Forgeries and Genuine Stamps

North Ingermanland:
   [Article & Price List] North Ingermanland Second Issue Forgeries


WORLDWIDE:

   [Price List] Armenia Stamp Forgeries
   [Price List] Iran Stamp Forgeries
   [Price List] Serbia Stamp Forgeries
 
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SWEDEN
Official Blackprint
1856/1862 Local Stamp
Very Limited Supply!
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Official blackprint/reprint made in 1930 to aid in study of the printing plate. Ungummed on thick card, as issued. Seldom offered.
Single $12.00
Pair $22.00
Block $40.00


Other reprints also available.



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Rare ICELAND 1911
CHRISTMAS SEAL
World Classic Seal Design
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Seldom offered and rarely at such a low price! A once-in-a-lifetime purchase allows me to share the savings with you.
NH VF normally $60.00!
NH VF Only $36.00!


(A few others $18-$48.
1904 and 1905 also available.)



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DANISH "STAMP COINS"
From World War II
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SET OF TWO.
Only $16.00!
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SWEDISH LADYBUG VERTICAL COIL "ERROR"
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Unplanned Vertical Coil "Error" Stamp.
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Updated 23 August 2019

Scandinavia:
  Philatelic Literature
  Collections
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U.S. Stamps:
   NH, Mint, and Used at great prices.
  Collections

World Stamps:
   Better stamps at great prices.
  Collections
 
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