1865 Registration Stamps

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These are 2 of the most unusual stamps of Colombia that given their value and demand were forged in great numbers.
From some 100 finds, I would say that 75% of those on auctions are forgeries.
As they can be obtained for under $50 , the cost hardly warrants a certificate, so it’s buyer beware.

‘R’ (Registrado) and ‘A’ (Anotacion). Lithography printing by Ayala Medrano Ltd, Bogota. Marked E.(stados) U.(nidos) de Colombia / Correos Nacionales.


Characteristics of the genuine stamp.
1. This dash often appears
2. This dash often appears
3. A brick is outside the circle
4. This line is often connected to the 5. Note that there are some bricks besides the 5 bottom
5. This is a short dash
6. This 5 is inclined


A very crude forgery

Torres facsimile from his catalog

Appears to be a finished Torres forgery in yellow paper
1. Letters are thicker than the original
2. Top and bottom extensions are narrower
3. 5’s are very thin
4. Awkward S
5. Irregular broken frame
6. No extra brick
7. Dots instead of dashes

Both of these forgeries are from the same author – possibly Spiro or Fournier
Note the long dash after the E
The B of COLOMBIA is tilted
Some of the 5 tops are straight
No extra brick as with #3 in the genuine

Another forgery that is more likely a Spiro
It has many unique features
The bricks are different sizes
The CO of CINCO is out of alignment and has dashes and dot before the letters
The dot in the top 5 may be a constant

Another unknown forgery
The bottom 5 is straight
The bricks have many different sizes and many have diagonal edges
The tip of the R curves noticeably upwards and comes to a point
The inner frame line in the crossbar is curved instead of being straight
A long dash after the E
The V in CENTAVOS looks like an inverted A

A cruder forgery from an unknown author
The 5’s are very awkward with some touching the frame
The bricks are large
Thick letters that touch the star in several places
Long dashes after the E & U
Most notably, the insides of the R have round edges instead of being straight


Characteristics of the genuine stamp.
1. Very short dashes after E & U
2. The right vertical side of the N is slightly curved
3.  Large space between the C & O
4. 8 lines inside
5. Second R is larger
6. Tip of leaf generally appears as a dark blob
7. C touches the inner leaf only
8. Note dot location
9. C & E generally joined

Genuine Used


Very Crude Forgery
Very heavy frame line
Lacking any detail
Several letters touch the leaves

Placido Torres facsimile

This appears to be a Torres finished product
It is very close to the original except for the dark yellow paper
The 5 has a pronounced upwards curve
The dashes after the E & U are dots
The dark berry #6 in the genuine is almost completely missing
The leaves lack the fine veins of the original

Spiro Forgery?
No dashes after the E & U
The berry #6 in the original is a small crescent
The 5 is flat on top and very tall almost touching the leaf
Only 5 lines inside the A
The letters CORREOS NATIONALES are uneven in height
The dot is directly under the small S

Typical Spiro/Fournier cancels

Fournier Forgery?
Almost identical to the Spiro above but with minor differences in the shape of the letters and shading in the leaves.
The 5 is shaped differently
It would seems that there is some relationship between the Spiro & Fournier which is not uncommon between forgers who would buy each other’s stock or imitate what was actually a forgery instead of the original.

Forgery of Unknown origin
This forgery has some similarities to the Spiro/Fournier along with other unique traits
1. No dots after the E & U
2. The NA are not joined
3. 6 lines in the A
4. The dot is below the S which is shaped oddly
5. There is a complete separation here
6. The 5 has a flat top
7. & 8. Certain letters touch the leaves