Into the Deep Blue
The "Portuguese Crown" issues for the Portuguese colonies offer a challenge for the WW collector.
For Angola, they are found in 12 1/2 Perf (thin to medium paper), Perf 13 1/2, Perf 14 (25r rose), and Perf 12 1/2 (thick paper): altogether 29 bolded numbers in Scott for nine denominations. Reprints (1885, 1905) of these issues on smooth white chalky paper or ivory paper were also produced.
There are also some minor number color variations.
But all the above is not the real problem. Unfortunately, there are plentiful forgeries. The major players were Fournier and Spiro, but there were others also.
Let's talk about the Fournier forgeries of the "Portuguese Crown" issues for Angola and the other Portuguese colonies.
As it turns out, Fournier first used the Angola "Portuguese Crown" issue for his forgery template. That consequently makes it more difficult to tell Fournier forgeries apart from the genuines for Angola, as they appear ( without close scrutiny and certain signs) to be identical. There will be much more about this later with the next post.
For the other Portuguese colonies, the design of the genuines are somewhat different than Angola's design. But Fournier kept some of the attributes of his Angola forgeries for the other Portuguese colonies forgeries, which makes it easier to spot a Fournier forgery for the other Portuguese colonies.
Let's take a look at a genuine and a Fournier Forgery for Portuguese India, as an example.
Out of the Blue
I hope this introduction to the "Crown" Fournier forgeries for the Portuguese colonies, other than Angola, was helpful. Actually, in most cases, other than Angola, determining these Fournier forgeries is not too difficult.
Also, I should mention that Ron of Classic Stamp Forgeries website fame, has recently updated his "Portuguese Crown" Genuines & Forgeries post. He has lots more examples of Fournier forgeries and other forgeries for the Portuguese colonies. Check it out!
But we have left the challenging determinations for the next several posts, where we will be looking at Angola. There, we not only encounter the Fournier forgeries, but also Spiro forgeries, and other more obscure forgery examples. Then there are the "borderline" examples where it is difficult to tell for sure if genuine/forgery.
Stay tuned. 😎