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1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Inverted Frame Error Forgeries
I have discovered that modern fake imperforates and inverted frame errors of the 21st Birthday stamp issues produced for Tuvalu, Saint Vincent, Grenadines of Saint Vincent and Montserrat have been placed onto the market in recent years and are on the market to this day. I can tell you that real dangerous forgeries are being sold on the market as I write this page in December of 2016.
I have not purchased any of the forged inverts personally simply because sellers are asking rediculous amounts for them, but can tell you how to easily spot them.
The first question is how and the simple answer is....
The inverted frame errors are all forgeries because the Format International Security Printers never produced inverts for these issues perforated or not!

The catalog numbers for the forged inverts are.

Montserrat Scott 486 from the set of 484-6, SG 544 from the set of 542-4
Saint Vincent Scott 649 from the set of 647-9, SG 696 from the set of 694-6
Saint Vincent Grenadines Scott 245 from the set of 243-5 SG 231 from the set of 229-31
Tuvalu Scott 172 from the set of 170-2, SG 186 from the set of 184-6

My research into the printer has enabled me to discover modern fake stamps have been created for this issue! I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for these countries are being forged. Mainly varieties and "errors" of the issues which bring in higher profits although normal issues are also being faked in now many cases. All are being produced by the same source which is unknown at present. Most are dangerous forgeries because the perf sizes are correct. Images shown on auction sites cannot be trusted because they cannot be defined by counting perforations and unless you have a comparable image of the originals they cannot be recognized by the images given by sellers. This includes the Audubon Birds issues including inverted frames, Dogs inverts, Flowers inverts, Michael Jackson inverts, imperforates and many more.


At present sellers on ebay, Delcampe, Bonanza, and Amazon are offering them. I am sure other sources are now selling them also. A list of these sellers is being compiled and at some point the source may be revealed. At this time unless the sellers stop selling them (which is doubtful) it is up to you as a buyer to refuse to buy them....period! I have posted more pages on the issues I have discovered to be forged and have included an index page listing them with links.

New information is welcome and you may contact me through this website anytime.

This is a bit different than other issues I have written about. I am bulking together these countries because I do not have time to make individual pages for the countries and the problem is so huge now because of the ignoring of it by your "respected leaders" of the stamp community to the point that the market is now saturated with these forgeries.

So far I have alerted the APS, American Philatelic Magazine editors, Scott catalog editors about these forgeries. At this point they are tending to ignore it. Are you going to ignore it also?

To show you differences I went on eBay and got images of the forgeries and then got images of genuine perforated stamps to compare. You see, once you know what to look for it is quite simple to define the forgeries just by images. This is not to say that some shady sellers will try to enhance, modify or give you a bad image so as to cover the fact they are selling you fakes. It is up to the buyer to beware of these sellers.
Ask for clear scans of any stamps you are going to buy for this series. Look for the obvious differences when you receive them.


There are legitimate imperforates of these issues out there but because these forgeries of inverts both perforated and imperforate are on the market, it is evidence that both perforated and imperforate normal looking stamps have also been forged. The forgers have done this with other forgeries I have discovered. Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Trains, Cars, Birds, the list is long!

The first and basically the only reason the inverts of the 21st Birthday issues as imaged are fakes is because until now they did not EXIST!!!. They never were on the market until these last few years. All of a sudden 30 years later these appear! So you don't smell a rat?

Here are comparison images with notes. You can use these images to compare perforated and imperforate stamps as well.

Comparison of the Fake Saint Vincent 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Inverted Frame Error with an Original Stamp
Saint Vincent 1982 21st Birthday Forgery with Original Stamp Comparison

Obvious difference:

Count them. There are 31 perforation holes on the sides of the forgeries. There are 34 holes on genuine stamps.
There are 20 perforation holes on the bottom and top of the forgeries. There are 21 holes on genuine stamps.
At this point the forgers have not tried to duplicate the perforation sizes for these and therefore it is easy to define perforated forgeries.

But what about imperforate forgeries?

This will be the same for all forgeries of this series.

Look at Princess Diana's vest and hat. Do you see the color difference? On the genuine $6 stamp they are almost red in color. On the forgeries they are orange!
The background color is pale yellow where on the forgeries it is deep yellow.
Note the fonts. The "Diana" black lettering and the "H.R.H." lettering are much bolder on genuine stamps.

Ok, here is another image using a cropping of the invert shown in the group picture at the top of this page and a different sellers image of a genuine stamp.
Saint Vincent 1982 21st Birthday Different Forgery with Original Stamp Comparison

Again the perforation count is the same as noted above.
Now you can see how the image of the forgery has been darkened and enhanced by the seller. Doesn't help. The difference between genuine stamps and the forgeries is obvious.
Another thing to look for is watermarking. No watermark....possibly not real. This issue does exist with inverted watermarks.

Now here is a comparison of imperforates.
Saint Vincent 1982 21st Birthday Imperforate Forgery with Original Stamp Comparison

Again the same differences.

Comparison of the Fake Saint Vincent Grenadines 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Inverted Frame Error with an Original Stamp
Saint Vincent Grenadines 1982 21st Birthday Forgery with Original Stamp Comparison

Obvious difference:
The background color is pink on genuine stamps, lavender on forgeries. Look at the stripes on Princess Diana's dress. Purple on genuine stamps, dark lavender on forgeries.

Comparison of the Fake Montserrat 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Inverted Frame Error with an Original Stamp
Montserrat 1982 21st Birthday Forgery with Original Stamp Comparison

Obvious difference:
The background color is pale yellow green on genuine stamps, deep yellow green on forgeries. The dark background is dark army green on genuine stamps versus brown-green on forgeries. The background color of Princess Diana's dress is blue on genuine stamps versus green on the forgeries. Most striking is her hair. you can see it is completely different in color.

Comparison of the Fake Tuvalu 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Inverted Frame Error with an Original Stamp
Tuvalu 1982 21st Birthday Forgery with Original Stamp Comparison

Obvious difference:
Image of Diana has completely different colors.

Here is another Tuvalu invert being sold by a notorious dealer of illegal stamps and such.
Tuvalu 1982 21st Birthday Different Forgery with Original Stamp Comparison

Need I say more?

Because of the fact that a major portion of leaders in the stamp community wish to turn a blind eye on these forgeries. Because of dealers and buyers who are afraid to "step up to the plate" because of fear of being ridiculed by self proclaimed "experts" or because they don't want to get involved, the forgers will continue to forge more and more sets. They have already effected other issues that have nothing to do with Leaders of the World issues such as Nauru 1982 Scouts, Barbuda 1983 Manned Flight and others showing us the wide range of stamps they are capable of forging and possibly have already forged. Soon you will be the victim when you buy that fake high valued Orchid stamp or that high priced definitive set you have dreamed of getting or what you thought to be a genuine error or variety which in the end only turns out to be fabricated by these forgers and nobody wants it when you go to sell it or your children go to sell it.

You have a choice.

Continue to ignore this problem that the majority of stamp leaders and editors seem to be trying to do just like they have with unauthorized reprints and "illegal" stamps in the past. Or spread the word and complain to your contacts and leaders that these problems need to be exposed and described in magazines, newspapers and catalogs before every stamp issue made in modern times from the 1970's onward falls victim to being a suspected forgery and in turn you or your friends or associates will fall victim to it when trying to buy or sell them. These forgers are professionals and have been here for decades unseen. They will continue to harm us unless people like you stand up and take notice!

This problem effects everyone because now instead of the value being based on a set quantity of the issued stamp, we now have double, triple or even more in quantity placed on the market. It will therefore depreciate the stated value of them in the catalogs simply because they will not research them and "assume" there are tons available when in reality for many sets the originals are and have become difficult to find.

I am simply the one who discovered them because of my research on the printer.
Indeed several issues that I have researched and obtained the original varieties of are effected. These are not one of them. I am a professional tradesman and have never depended on stamps to live on. There are many that do depend on stamp sales though and it is for them also that I have created this section of the website.

You can now define the fake 1982 21st Birthday of Princess Diana Stamps easily and can now possibly avoid being ripped off! Sorry to say this, a lot of you already have been fooled and more of you will be until the right people get serious about it!

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,

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