THE MODERN FAKE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1986 60TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAMP ISSUES
I have recently discovered that modern fake imperforate souvenir sheets of this issue are being flooded onto the market.
I can tell you that real dangerous fakes or some call forgeries are being flooded on the market as I write this page in March 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 in it being 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 fake imperforate souvenir sheets of the
British Virgin Islands 1986 60th Birthday issue. They are being offered online right now as I write this on March 11, 2016.
I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for the Virgin Islands and 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 some 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.
ANY INFORMATION TO TRACE THE SOURCE OF THESE FORGERIES WILL BE POSTED TO THE PROPER RESOURCES
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 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.
Recently I was alerted by a fellow collector and seller on eBay that they suspected certain stamp issues they had purchased from the Latvian based sellers
on eBay in bulk lots of five souvenir sheets were possibly forgeries. The seller was kind enough to donate examples for my analysis. They sent me
one copy of the 60th Birthday souvenir sheet for the British Virgin Islands as an imperforate and one copy that was perforated. They also sent me
a copy of Antigua and Barbuda 1984 U.P.U. Congress Flowers issue souvenir sheet as imperforate and the Lesotho 1984 Trains of the World perforated
souvenir sheet. I found that both the imperforate souvenir sheets were fakes. The perforated souvenir sheets are originals.
In past dealings with this same Latvian seller who uses multiple seller accounts on eBay, I had purchased several times, the lots of five BVI 60th Birthday
souvenir sheets, both perforated and imperforate, only to find them genuine which was an oddity because at the same time the seller was selling fake
version from St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Montserrat, etc..
The evidence comes to the conclusion that this seller after selling out his stock of originals, continues selling the issues as forgeries. The possibility
of a firm connection between the eBay seller and the one producing the Format Printers issues as fakes is very real! Both believing they have the right
to continually print stamps produced by the Format Printers and sell them as genuine stamps (some sellers using the deceitful wording like "later printings")
to mask the fact that they are all forgeries of the originals created to deceive dealers and collectors. These people think they have the
right to do this for all eternity! When are the right people going to wake up, expose these people, and destroy this now decades old forgery ring??
For the British Virgin Islands I have already found several different issues that have been forged. Now you can add the 1986 60th Birthday issue
to the growing list. The colors, screens, fonts and gum completely differ. I searched for anything else odd with the issue
but at present have not found anything. I am certain that more forgeries of the British Virgin Islands issues produced by Format will surface as well.
Because I have not found the single stamp issues as forgeries yet, for now I will use the Montserrat
fakes for examples of what to look for with the stamps. I will use the actual British Virgin Islands fake imperforate souvenir sheet and a
genuine imperforate souvenir sheet. If you don't know I acquired a good sized portion of the original stock of the imperforate souvenir sheets
and only a few others were selling them until these Latvian sellers forgeries started appearing. Therefore unless they can prove it, all other sellers of the imperforate
British Virgin Islands 1986 60th Birthday souvenir sheets are selling you fakes! Here are the differences.
Here are gum comparisons.
Gum Comparison of a Fake Stamp with Original
This gum appears to still be PVA but without the greenish tint. It has been noted that other British issues like some of the Machin issues
have this type of gum. The problem is it was not used until the late 90's. The gum is very shiny though which conflicts with the description
of the gum known as PVAI (Layflat) used on the Machins. Yet the stamps lay perfectly flat on a surface whereas originals have a light bending from aging.
This is evidence showing even a later creation and since these did not appear on the market until 2014 and no such invert errors have ever
been on the market nor recorded, it proves these to be modern forgeries of the stamps.
Gum Comparison of the Original and Fake 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Souvenir Sheets
Again there is an obvious difference in color and texture.
Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Stamp with Original Stamp
Note the extreme difference in color on the fake stamp. The thinner lighter blue frame line. The inferior screen pattern.
Comparison of the Fake 10c Stamp with the Original Stamp
A stunning difference yes?
Please note the extreme difference in color of the background and the plaque on the fake stamp.
The fake stamps are kind of like a photocopy of the originals but use a lower quality screen and have a shiny surface over the face.
The Fake BVI 60th Birthday Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Souvenir Sheet Image with Original Souvenir Sheet Image
Note the difference in color on the fake souvenir sheet. The inferior screen pattern again is prominent.
Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Souvenir Sheet Plaque with Original Souvenir Sheet Plaque
Again there is pronounced differences on the logo plaques.
Here are the two imperforate souvenir sheets side by side. Now you can see the difference yes?
You can see that there is a lot of differences between the two printings.
One buyer of these fakes purchased a large lot from one of the biggest and most reputable stamp sellers on ebay. He bought
what he thought was the complete print run of one "newly discovered" error in full panes in packets of 200 panes which were unopened.
I am sorry to say that there are several ways proving these were never produced by the Format Printers.
Firstly the packaging is wrong. Here is the image he sent me.
The plastic wrapping is a flexible plastic used today. Format packaged all stamp panes in very brittle hard plastic that tears easily when opened.
The separation paper is brown. Format always used pink/red paper to separate and protect the panes and souvenir sheets.
The perforations on the panes are wrong
Here is an image of the Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth 5c stamp pane from the original printing.
Now here is an image of a corner pair from a fake stamp pane.
Now look at the image of the pane and the image of the fake stamp with selvage shown above. Can you see the difference?
The perforations run through the selvage on the original panes on all sides. There are no perforations on the selvage of the fake panes!
Also the pane numbers of the panes are completely different on examples I have found!!
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. Mainly these fake imperforates.
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 British Virgin Islands 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II souvenir sheet (and stamps if they appear) 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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