Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands
Eagle Issues
Yacht Issues--Lithographed Forgeries
by Dirk H.R. Spennemann


US forgeries
In the 1970 photo-lithographed stamps appeared in the USA, purporting to be stamps of the German colonies.

The stamps can be easily recognised by their general dull and flat appearance. The colours are weak and the shading is often solid colour. The paper is unwatermarked and somewhat coarse. It is less stiff than that of origimal stamps. The forged stamps are perforated 13 (as opposed to perf. 14 for originals). While most items are uncancelled, some bear falsified postmarks as well.[1]

Such stamps are known imitating the German colonies of the Marshall Islands (50Pfg), Samoa (5Pfg, 10Pfg, 25Pfg, 50Pfg, 80Pfg), the Marianas (3Pfg; 80Pfg), Kiautschou (Kiaowchow); the Cameroons (30Pfg), and East Africa (45 Heller). It can be assumed that a complete run of values and colonies was produced.

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Bibliographic citation for this document

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands. Yacht Issues--Lithographed Forgeries
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Dirk H.R. Spennemann, Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, P.O.Box 789, Albury NSW 2640, Australia.

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