1865

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1865 Isabel II Ed 69 – 73, 73A & NE2 (unissued)
   
Ed 69 & 70


Color essay

   
Ed 71 & 72

   
Ed 73A & NE2 (unissued)


Color Essay

The 2r (Ed73) can be found in a variety of colors
   
Grey & Salmon

   
Yellow & Pink


Artist Proof

   
Trial Colors


The genuine characteristics applicable to the  series shown above.
1. Shading missing
2. Semi circle shape is joined to the frame on the right
3. Line is broken
4. End of the hair is open
5. & 6. Lines & dots in both frames in varying degrees
7. Broken line
8. Broken line
9. Small line does not extend through the white area
10. Broken line
11. Tip of the crown is open


A common forgery trait is the direction of the curls in the corner elements.

Forgery Comparisons
With genuine on the left



NE2 and excellent Sperati right
Color dots above top A
Break on top right frameline and weak areas in bottom right frameline
Dashes and dots in both O’s


Another Sperati


Type I forgery
Printed by lithography on medium-thick yellowish paper.
The crown of the queen lacks detail.
The crown of the lion detached from the head
3 The tilde of the “Ñ” very small
4The base of the “E” of CORREOS very long.


Fournier type II
The lion’s tail is very thin.
The shading to the left of the castle is very pronounced and merges with the colored background.
A break in the ring on the right.
Letter “C” narrow.
The top and bottom of the S are very different


Segui decent forgery
The lion’s head is narrow.
The left triangle is short.
The hair is drawn with lines of uniform thickness.
The shading of the cheek made with very thick lines.
The chin is prominent
The left and right middle ornaments lack many details


A rare postal forgery
Tip of the neck touches the frame
Letters are uneven
The s in Cs is oddly shaped


Fournier Forgery
The lion’s tail is very thin.
The shading to the left of the castle is very pronounced and merges with the colored background.
A break in the ring on the right.
Letter “C” narrow.
Very thin serif on the 1


Sperati Forgery
Large break in the left white line that joins the links of the toison with the oval that houses the castle.
The “E” of SPAIN is surrounded by three white dots.
The letter “C” of CORREOS is surrounded by three or four points.


Segui Forgery
The lion’s head is narrow.
The left triangle is short.
The hair is drawn with lines of uniform thickness.
The shading of the cheek made with very thick lines.
The chin is prominent


Segui Forgery
The lion of the upper left ornament has no detail.
The first line of the  background is very short.
Heavy shading above the eye
No white space in center of neck lines


Very crude forgery
Letters, shading, details wrong


Sperati Forgery
There are several white spots in the Sperati forgeries, especially in the lower right hand side of the ‘E’ of ‘ESPANA’ and to the top left and right of the ‘S’ of this word.
There are also some white spots in front of the ‘C’ of ‘CORREOS’ and in the lower part of the ‘O’ of this word a white smudge can be found.
  
Sperati close-up


Very crude forgery


Segui excellent forgery in salmon color
The lion of the upper left ornament without any detail.
The first line of the background is very short.
Few lines draw the hair from the top of the head.
Dark line around chin and neck
Eye contour heavily shaded
The end of the 2 does not curve in but ends in a large ball.

Below 3 other Segui forgeries of color varieties


Very crude forgery
Letters distorted and 2 is too large
Prominent chin
Large jewels in crown
Widely spaced background lines

1865 Isabel II perfed Ed 74 – 79

   
Ed74 & 75 Type I


Ed 75 TI & TII

The C is slightly wider in the Type II but the s is the main difference


Color Test

   
Ed 76 & 77

  
Ed 78 & 79

Color varieties of Ed 79
   


The genuine characteristics applicable to the  series shown above.
1. Blank area
2. Tip of hair is open
3. Dashes & dots visible
4. Break in the line
5. Small diagonal line is incomplete
6. Break in the line
7. Tip of the crown is open

Forgeries


Fournier well executed forgery
1. The tail of the lion is thin.
2. Nose is slightly pointed.
3. Break in the right buckle.
4. Letter C is narrow.

I do not have a Sperati, but it can easily be identified by the prominent dot between the AN


Crude postal forgery
Top left lion malformed
4 has long serifs
Chin is different
Lots of white dashes and dots overall


Peter Winter modern invert forgery
Tilde above the N is short
Pronounced cleft under mouth
Lion is different
Broken shading lines in the neck


Crude litho forgery
Top letters are short
Face and shading very different


Segui Forgery
The lion of the upper left ornament without any detail.
The first line of the  background is very short.
Few lines draw the hair from the top of the head.
Neck bust ends in tip.


Fournier well executed
Right leg of the top N is curved
The small s of Cs is thick
Several of the genuine traits are missing


Well done forgery probably Segui
Neck lines are evenly shaded
The first bottom R is taller
Tail of the lion touches the head
Top of the tower is different
The end of the 2 does not curve in but ends in a large ball.

Telegraph Issues


Postal forgery – probably exists in the other values
Note in particular the lack of detail in the value tablets