Author Archives: Stefan

Talking signatures

Sometimes the back-side of a stamp is almost as interesting as the front-side. Here is an example of a stamp with 5 signatures: A fancy sign that is often present on stamps with genuine overprints. The signature of Philipp Kosack … Continue reading

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Unframed large Z on one Ruble unperforated

The latest addition to my collection is this quarter sheet of overprinted stamps. This is a high quality scan so you can zoom in a bit and check all the details. The stamp itself is quite common but getting large … Continue reading

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Tashkent or Tiflis?

Again a cover is being offered in an auction. This time the auction house is Hadersbeck Auktionen in Berlin, Germany.  The description (translated from German) reads: “1920, 1R, horizontal pair and 5 on 20 K., vertical pair on registered cover, St. … Continue reading

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Fake item at Raritan

A blog reader asked my about my opinion regarding this item currently offered at Raritan. This looks like a typical official document. The Etchmiadzin cancel shows a date stamp reading (most likely) 4.8.22. I am always skeptical when seeing these … Continue reading

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Forgeries on ebay

I do not often browse the ebay listings anymore. While you can find genuine material, it takes browsing through an overwhelming amount of forgeries and uninteresting stuff. Here some highlights of the bad kind. All cancels fake. Most of the … Continue reading

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Crude Forgery – Postcard with added stamps

A reader sent me this picture of the latest work of the forgers. Not nice. And the card is wasted too. This card is listed at newauction.ru and got a price tag of 1.500 rubles. I guess this is one … Continue reading

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The 100r HH overprint on an unperforated 5 Ruble stamp – more examples

The discussion about the stamp brought two more scans from blog readers. Here is an example in a rather grayish ink. All characteristics of the genuine overprint are present. I think this overprint is genuine.   Here is the scan of … Continue reading

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