Postal History from Finland 1889 - 1918
Fake stamps from Russian period
10p. and 20p stamps of the 1901 Lithography
A number of fake 10 and 20p stamps were reported with postmarks but only in 1970 proof were found that these stamps had been genuinely used - in the magazine Karhunhammas #5/1970 the below shown card was introduced by Laitinen - since additional 8 items have been found.
The Origin of these fakes are still unknown - only used copies are known.
The stamps are probably printed by the genuine cliches - 10p on thicker paper then the normal stamp, whereas the 20p is printed on normal thickness - some expect the stamps to have been printed by Tilgmann & Co as some kind of proofs - the stamps may then have been smuggled out from the printer and then afterwards been perforated 11½ and sold to make money
Largest known group is a 10p strip of 4 cancelled in Helsinki 17.VI.1901 (Kerailyuutiset mail auction No. 5/1996)
As the list below shows - known items with fake 10p from the last 10 - 20 years about 30 copies of this 10p seems to have been offered at public auctions - whereas only 6 known items with fake 20p and only very few single 20p items - incl. 2 pairs - one vertical and one horizontal have been offered.
*/ illustrated in "HFF Reference manual of forgeries"
Item #1 from list above
Item #2 from list above
Item #3 from list above
Item #6 from list above
Item #7 from list above
Item #8 from list above
Item #10 from list above
The information above is mainly from an article in The Finnish Philatelist vol. 8 no 3 - Aug. 2003
- the original written in Finnish by mr. Reijo Nummela an published in Filatelisti
Item #4 from list above
Item #5 from list above
Item #6 from list above only lower left stamp is fake
If you can deliver additional information, or a JPG image of one of the not illustrated items should be extremly welcome.
Opdateret d. 26. Mar. 2012