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GUINEA REPUBLIC ILLEGAL STAMPS
2000

Information and Reference of illegal stamps dating 2000 for the Republic of Guinea according to U.P.U. Circular 421 and other resources

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On December 8, 2003 the postal administration for the Republic of Guinea by request to K.J.S. McKeown (Director of Markets) posted to the Universal Postal Union a circular warning of the discovery of a large number of illegal stamps created with their country name that are on the market. The circular is number 421. You can view it in the linked file below:

UPU Circular Number 421

Because there is so much confusion on this country you should use a respectable catalog like Scott or Stanley Gibbons. Do not listen to these dealers trying to convince you the following displayed stamps (that are watermarked "ILLEGAL STAMPS") are something other than counterfeit illegal stamps. Because in many cases Michel is the only catalog listing certain issues I do not trust them as a reliable source. The same goes for Yvert. In the majority of cases with this countries stamps that are suspect of being illegal, just try to find a genuinely used one on a cover. You will find it.....impossible.

None of the Republic of Guinea stamps are listed on the UPU's WNS system. This is because none of them follow the rules set forth by the UPU for stamp printing.

I have found the Colnet online catalog to be helpful but confusing. Over 12,000 listings there now caused by the abusive stamp agencies.

The Colnet Online Catalog for Guinea Republic

Some of the illegal stamps are shown in their Cinderella section and noted as such. Still nothing close to what is out there as you will see.

The Colnet Online Catalog Illegal Stamp Section for Guinea Republic

I have found the Stampworld.com Catalog to be helpful as well. Noting they stopped listing after 2013. This is probably because all the Stamperija issues are sold directly through the agent and not used in the Republic as stated on the Colnet site for the later years.

The Stampworld Online Catalog for Guinea Republic

Many of the following illegal stamps can be found as imperforates and as color proof sets as well. Many exist on fake First Day Covers too.
Most times now (2021) 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.

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.

2000

In 2000 IGPC stamp agency continued to dominated. We see that numerous sets produced by Impressor S.A. are again being listed by Michel and Yvert and not listed by Scott and Stanley Gibbons. This continues to shows us there is a huge problem with the catalogs listings. I theorize again that as Impressor has done in the past with a number of countries, they were continuing to produce stamps in the name of the Republic of Guinea without authorization because IGPC held the contract. We are seeing this pattern unfold yet again with the Republic of Guinea.

In the research I found a strange thing. While looking at the Stamperija website I found what I thought would be their stamp issues being offered for the years 2000-2002 as in most cases this company has "working" links only to the years they made stamps for a given country. I was surprised to find they were only offering Impressor S.A. issues for those three years. Here are snapshots of the site to preserve integrity of what I state.

Snapshot of Stamperija Year List for the Republic of Guinea

See that the years 2000 through 2002 are highlighted as working links.

Snapshot of Stamperija Year List for the Republic of Guinea

Snapshot of Stamperija Sales offers for Republic of Guinea 2000

Snapshot of Stamperija Sales offers for Republic of Guinea 2000

The question then is.....why is a competing stamp agent selling a competitors stamps as if they were their own? It appears a lot of people think that Stamperija gained a contract with the Republic of Guinea in this year forward. That is completely wrong. All of this proves it.

Here we go!

2000 Elephants Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 9

Guinea Republic 2000 Elephants Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 9

2000 Lions Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 9

Guinea Republic 2000 Lions Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 9

2000 Owls Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 9

Guinea Republic 2000 Owls Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 9

In 2000 the following set appeared on the market. They were made from the 1998 Space Flight Phases counterfeit illegal stamp souvenir sheet of 9. The dealers artstamps (aka Isabeldelatour aka Juan Montero) and Bentley1Stamp on Hipstamps appear to be the only ones selling them anywhere other (than of course) the Avion Stamps website. Running 50+ sales of them on Hipstamps taking almost a third of the total listings on Hipstamps of 180 listings found in a search for "Guinea 2000"!

The counterfeit stamps on them have been modified from the original 1998 form in that the year inscription at bottom left is removed. Thus the criminals "say" they are 2000 issues. They re-title them in their advertisements as "Space Exploration" and "Concorde".

2000 Space Exploration Concorde Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1

Guinea Republic 2000 Space Exploration Concorde Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 (Part 1)
Guinea Republic 2000 Space Exploration Concorde Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 (Part 2)
Guinea Republic 2000 Space Exploration Concorde Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 (Part 3)
Guinea Republic 2000 Space Exploration Concorde Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 (Part 4)
Guinea Republic 2000 Space Exploration Concorde Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 (Part 5)

2000 Space Exploration Concorde Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 1 on Fake First Day Cover

Guinea Republic 2000 Space Exploration Concorde Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 1 on Fake First Day Cover

Guinea Republic 2000 Space Exploration Concorde Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 Stated to be Privately Produced

Guinea Republic 2000 Space Exploration Concorde Stamp Souvenir Sheets of 1 Stated to be Privately Produced

Guinea Republic 2000 WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) Magaby Baboons Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 16

The Guinea Republic 2000 WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) Magaby and Baboons is a massively produced set featuring four different counterfeit illegal stamps of Baboons and is plastered all over the internet as if real. Even the Groth Catalog of WWF stamps does not list it. It has sold so much over the past 20+ years it is certain several million dollars was acquired from the sales. It is a set that should be shunned by everyone.

Who is selling it? Here is what I found on the three venues I use to research searching for "Guinea 2000 WWF". There are many many more than this.

On eBay

dave19725 located in the US
kamalmedicine located in India
customimpressions located in the US
azuckuss located in the UK
poundcovers located in the UK
alexunitrad located in the US
kilowa-91 located in the UK
hasso-007 located in Germany
wwfstamp located in Australia
fauna59 located in the US
coversoftheworld located in the UK
stampsfromicha located in the US
cyberwoof located in Canada
taler55 located in the UK
valphil located in Canada
arkofstamps located in the US
primus-gladiator located in Germany
pauham-59 located in the UK
trentonstampandcoinco located in the US
lisaye7 located in the US
passionnata_girl located in France
pauli_fiel located in the UK
philatelyandnumismatics located in Latvia
75spacetopic_7 located in Germany
armi777 located in Latvia
rondahelp located in Germany
qayed1969 located in the UAE
jamesd51 located in the UK
ivar-hordum located in Denmark

That is just current offers in August 2021 and past sales and offers in the last 90 days!

Currently 88 sales going on Delcampe and around 93 sold lots mostly the same main sellers that are on eBay.

On hipstamps

alexunitrad located in the US
Bentley1Stamp located in the UK
artstamps located in the UK (yes Montero)
darabanth_alma located in Hungary
albumguy located in the US
dougrugman located in the US
rogerpo99 located in the UK
taler55 located in the UK
philindia01 located in India

Once again we see the same "main illegal stamp dealers" massively selling them on Hipstamps.

The set is on just about every philatelic form you can think of. Sheets of 16 and 4, sheets of the individual stamps in forms of sheets of 56 and 10. They are on Deluxe sheets of 1. They are on all sorts of fake First Day covers. They are on maxi-cards. Imperforate versions of all abound. Not one dealer gives a reference. A couple say "unlisted". So do you see the problem?

These freaks can reproduce them any time they want to. Run out and they can just make more. Avoid them!

Guinea Republic 2000 WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) Magaby Baboons Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 16

Guinea Republic 2000 WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) Magaby Baboons Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 4

Guinea Republic 2000 WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) Magaby Baboons Illegal Stamp Souvenir Sheet of 4

Guinea Republic 2000 WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) Magaby Baboons Illegal Stamps on Fake First Day Covers

Guinea Republic 2000 WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) Magaby Baboons Illegal Stamps on Fake First Day Covers

The production of counterfeit illegal stamps in the name of the Republic of Guinea continued to be slow in 2001. One huge set that effects the topic of the Olympic Games and Pierre Coubertin was produced in 2001.

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References taken from:
U.P.U. Circular No. 421
Major Stamp Catalogs
Internet Research

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