Back in my first year -2011- of the blog, I published the Crete blog post with a pic of the 1899 20pa rose, part of the British Administration four stamp issue of 1898-1899. A little more than a year later, in the comments section, Michael Adkins of Dead Country Stamps pointed out that I was illustrating a forged specimen.
This was my reply...
Thanks for the nice words, and glad I can be helpful.
Your Dead Countries web site is absolutely excellent.
As far as the 1899 "Scott 5" 20pa rose, yes indeed it is a forgery. In fact, I have the complete forgery set (Scott 2-5). ;-)
When I put this blog post together, I did not have have the information to call the 20pa rose a forgery- although I was suspicious. Now I do.
According to Varro Tyler's Focus on Forgeries (Edition 2000), the small circle with dot above the numerals is incomplete at the bottom, and hence a forgery. As the set is perf 11 1/2,- like the originals-, it was supposedly made by the original printers, Gundman & Stangel of Athens Greece. But the stamps then were not reprinted on the original stone, so they are not reprints- but forgeries.
Tyler also says some of the forgery stock was sold to Francois Fournier, who gave them an 11 perforation. Another forgery from the Gunman & Stangel supply was sold and perforated 11 1/4.
I've made an update note on the Crete blog post, so to not lead people astray.
That is one thing I appreciate about your Dead Countries web site and virtual albums is the meticulousness and accuracy.
Now if I can do likewise. ;-)
Even today, despite alas! no new posts for the past 3 years, Michaels' site is a treasure trove of information. Check it out!
Well, it is time for me to do a bit of an update on Crete, and I thought - why not- show the genuine/forgery differences for this lithographic issue. So, let's begin...