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The Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Imperforate Souvenir Sheet Forgery
Scott Catalog# 749 Stanley Gibbons# MS834
Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships Imperforate Stamp Souvenir Sheet Forgery

I have discovered that modern fake stamps of this issue are being flooded onto the market. I can tell you that real dangerous fakes or some call forgeries have and are being flooded on the market as I write this page in January of 2016.

My research into the printer has enabled me to discover modern fake stamps have been created in 2014!! They are being spread across the world through online auction sites like ebay and Delcampe. Everything about them is fake except for one dangerous fact, they have the correct perf size. The gum type is different for this issue in that it is yellowish in color. Very closely resembling the original gum if you do not have an original to compare with. I theorize that this issue was forged at an earlier date than the many forgeries I have written about in the past few months. I theorize they were "held" until just recently when they were released with many other forgeries. Most of the new forgeries have gum that is white in color and very shiny. This gum type was not used until much later years, long after Format went bankrupt thus proving they were not produced by the Format International Security Printers. Obvious differences will be shown below. So far I have discovered forgeries of the souvenir sheet as imperforates. They are being offered online right now as I write this on January 30, 2016.

I have not found if the stamp issue or the perforated version of the souvenir sheet have also been forged but suspect they have. This souvenir sheet is very popular for ship collectors and many other types of collectors.

I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for many other countries are being forged. Mainly varieties and "errors" of the issues which bring in higher profits although normal issues are also being faked in many cases. All are being produced by the same source which is unknown at present. All 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 Audubon Birds issues including inverted frames, Dogs inverts, Flowers inverts, Michael Jackson inverts, 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 without proper identification. In other words, make the seller send you 1200dpi images of the front and back of the stamps and then compare them with my images. I have posted many 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.

Months ago I noticed sales of the Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Ships souvenir sheet being sold as imperforate on ebay from a dealer located in Latvia in lots of five or ten sheets starting bidding at 99c! I suspected them to be fakes because up till now, no imperforates of this issue were ever offered before!
Off to ebay I go and won one of the lots from the Latvian dealer containing 5 souvenir sheets. Got them for $1.91 showing how easily they are spreading. I then chose a dealer who was selling the perforated version and purchased it. I just got it and immediately compared it with the imperforates I just received and sure enough the imperforates are from a completely different printing than the originals! The colors, screens, fonts and gum completely differ.

I found immediately that the forgeries are cut smaller than the originals! The height is the same but the width is shorter. Here is an image to show it.
Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships Fake with Original Size Comparison of the Souvenir Sheets

The gum is very important to note here. You can compare the original with tons of other original Format produced issues and find it is exactly the same no matter what country it was made for. The fakes are not. Here are the differences.

Here are gum comparisons.

Close up Gum Comparison of a Fake Souvenir Sheet Gum with Original Souvenir Sheet Gum
This gum appears to still be PVA but with a flat appearance compared to original Format gum. The forged souvenir sheets are "curling" much worse than the original one I received which has a natural "bending" from age and the type of gum Format used.
Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships Fake with Original Gum Comparison

Gum Comparison of the Original and Fake 1984 Man of War Ships Souvenir Sheets
For this issue we can see how dangerously close the gum looks in images. Comparing them with an original in person is really the only way to tell the gum differences.
Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships Souvenir Sheet Fake and Original Gum Comparison

Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Souvenir Sheet with Original Souvenir Sheet
the following images taken at 1200dpi and not enhanced.

First let us look at the stamps on the souvenir sheets. This one compare's the ship hull and rigging. Note the difference in color on the fake stamp. The loss of much of the details. The inferior screen pattern.
The ship hull is dark brown on fakes versus light brown on the originals.
Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison of Ship Stamp

Now here is a section from the side of the souvenir sheets with the tiny ship on fire.
Again the same faults as described above.
Note the water is much darker on the forgeries.
Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison of Ship on Fire

Now here is a comparison of the upper right corner of the souvenir sheets.
You can see that the original has finer screens. Note the paper difference.
Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships Fake with Original Upper Right Corner Comparison

Now here is a comparison of the fonts.
Here you can see the original has finer and more uniformed fonts.
Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships Fake with Original Font Comparison

Comparison of the Fake Souvenir Sheet with the Original Souvenir Sheet
Now that you know what to look for you can see quite a difference yes?
Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet Comparison

Which one would you want in your collection?

You can now define the fake Antigua and Barbuda 1984 Man of War Ships souvenir sheet easily and can now possibly avoid being ripped off! Sadly, many have been ripped off already!

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,

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