Monthly Archives: February 2011

Working with the ARTAR Catalog – Odds and Errors : Part 8

The forgeries of the stamps of the Erivan pictorial issue are normally not too hard to detect, but sometimes, one slips through. Happened on page 184. The giveaway is the broken socket of the stone in the lower right corner. … Continue reading

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Working with the ARTAR Catalog – Odds and Errors : Part 7

There is a saying in business. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is! I am talking about the perforated stamps of this set. The unused stamps of this issue are – with the exception of those, … Continue reading

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Working with the ARTAR Catalog – Odds and Errors : Part 6

Page 153 features a very interesting cover. On the first view, nothing out of order. But closer inspection shows, there is something fishy with this piece. Kudos goes to Trevor for bringing that to my attention. Have a closer look … Continue reading

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Working with the ARTAR Catalog – Odds and Errors : Part 5

The 35 kopek on 20.000 rubles overprint. This overprint is actually quite rare. 99% of all items on ebay and co are fake. The most common fake also made it in the catalog. The overprints on Artar Stamp Type I … Continue reading

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Working with the ARTAR Catalog – Odds and Errors : Part 4

Lets discuss the “Specimen” overprints. Well described and documented are the basic, not italic, overprints in the lower values of 1 to 15 rubles. New is the overprint on the higher values and the additional types – italic, serifed and  … Continue reading

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Working with the ARTAR Catalog – Odds and Errors : Part 3

Forged overprints on page 24. And a super ugly one on page 28. On page 33 you will find two forged overprints where both overprints are forged: Please meet a k.60.k F2 forgery together with a forged framed Z and … Continue reading

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Working with the ARTAR Catalog – Odds and Errors : Part 2

On page 20 the different types and sizes of the Framed Monograms are listed. I am asking myself: How come there are two formerly not described small types a and a1 (7mm diameter)? Why is the small type described by … Continue reading

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