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BENIN ILLEGAL STAMPS
2012

Information and Reference of Illegal Stamps for Benin Created in 2012

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The following images are of illegal stamps produced for Benin. Please remember that the producers of these illegals are not only greedy, they are crude and sometimes disgusting which is the nature of these people.

To verify what stamps are real and legitimate for Benin visit the UPU WNS website and look at the Benin section.

The Universal Postal Union WNS website

You can also get a very good reference of what was officially issued from the Colnet website.

The Colnet Online Catalog for Benin

You can also use a respectable catalog like Scott or Stanley Gibbons. Do not listen to these dealers trying to convince you they are something other than illegal stamps.

In 2004 when Benin produced circular 30 they did not know that there were more illegal stamps that were being circulated than what they listed. This has occurred for many of the victim countries. To correct it I have researched them all using the major catalog listings and the WNS system as reference to what was officially issued.

Here we go!

Many of the following illegal stamps can be found as imperforates and as color proof sets as well. Some exist on fake First Day Covers too.
Most times now (2019) the souvenir sheet sets and sheetlet sets are sold individually. Many times the stamps have been removed from the sheetlets and souvenir sheets. All of these "tactics" are used to avoid detection by UPU circular descriptions and search terms.

Sellers that call these "private", "locals", "cinderellas", "unauthorized" are deceiving you. They are illegal stamps produced by a stamp dealer that is bent on ripping you off! Some sellers state "we offer them because they are on the market". Well how about you use a different dealer because that seller is "on the market"? If the stamp societies, auction sites and all other venues kicked these sellers off of their sites then they would have to comply or lose their ability to sell anything.

The following images are free for the use of all to use to alert the public to them. If anyone wants to make a public list of users on eBay, Delcampe and elsewhere who are selling these issues....fine by me since the UPU, PWMO and others appear to have given up or have not been updated in years.

If you have purchased any of these stamps from a dealer or if that dealer offers them, you should avoid that dealer! You will only be supporting illegal stamp makers who are only ripping you off.

2012

From 2012 forward Benin stopped filing their official stamp issues with the WNS system. The reasons why are unclear. Possibly because they did not see the system helping to stop the proliferation of fake counterfeit illegal stamps being produced and sold in the name of Benin. Possibly for financial reasons of which it is costly to to list each issue on the WNS system. For whatever reason(s) the WNS system cannot be used to find the newer official issues for Benin.

The Colnet online catalog is your best bet now for online access to verify the official issues. We still have conflicts with some of those as many are being listed by Michel and/or Yvert but not listed by Scott catalogs or Stanley Gibbons. There definitely needs to be some kind of unification of agreement between all the major catalogs in regards to the official issues for Benin.

In 2012 according to the Colnet catalog Benin officially issued 3 stamp issues.
The date on the stamps is 2013 yet the issue date on Colnet is stated to be in 2012. Scott catalog lists as issued in 2013.

Benin 2012 National Day of Traditional Religion Scott 1490-1492
Issued December 19, 2012 Printer is Cartor Security Printing
Benin 2012 National Day of Traditional Religion Scott 1490-1492

Following are images of the illegal stamps I have found offered for Benin dating 2012. There may and probably are more. All of these I found in searches on eBay and Delcampe and all are illegal stamps made by producers bent on ripping you off!

I present them in alphabetical order of titles as there is no logical order for illegal stamps.

In 2012 the production of illegal stamps in the name of Benin slowed down considerably. The reasons of course are unknown.

2012 Cats Paintings by Louis Wain in Souvenir Sheet of 4

Benin 2012 Cats Paintings by Louis Wain Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 4

2012 Cats Paintings by Louis Wain in Souvenir Sheet of 1

Here we see the initial production of the diamond shaped (future triangles and such) incorporation into the illegal stamps.

Benin 2012 Cats Paintings by Louis Wain Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 1

2012 Chinese Communism in Souvenir Sheet of 2

Benin 2012 Chinese Communism Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 2

2012 Chinese Communism in Souvenir Sheet of 1

Benin 2012 Chinese Communism Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 1

2012 Concorde Conquest of Mars in Souvenir Sheet of 4

Benin 2012 Concorde Conquest of Mars Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 4

2012 Mushrooms in Sheetlet of 9

Here's our shoddy illegal stamp producer again....

Benin 2012 Mushrooms Illegal Stamp Sheetlet of 9

2012 Mushrooms in Deluxe Proof Sheet of 1

Benin 2012 Mushrooms Illegal Stamp Deluxe Proof Sheet of 1

2012 Space 50th Anniversary of Cosmonautics in Souvenir Sheets of 4

Benin 2012 Space 50th Anniversary of Cosmonautics Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 4

In 2013 production of illegal stamps in the name of Benin continued to be slow.

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References taken from:
WNS Website
Major Stamp Catalogs
Internet Research

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