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THE MODERN FAKE NEVIS 1985 QUEEN ELIZABETH 85TH BIRTHDAY STAMP ISSUES

Nevis 1985 Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Forgery Set
Scott# 427-433 Stanley Gibbons# 309-316, MS317
Nevis 1985 Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Stamp Forgery Set
Nevis 1985 Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Stamp Forgery Souvenir Sheet
I already created a page showing all the souvenir sheets from this series that have been forged. During that time I did not find forgeries of the single stamp issues for Nevis. I have now.

I have recently 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 are being flooded on the market as I write this page in April of 2018.
The set and souvenir sheet imaged above are completely fake!

The above imaged set I purchased from a seller on Delcampe based in France. this again shows how now widespread the flood of forgeries has reached.

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 complete sets of perforated forgeries of the Nevis Queen Elizabeth Leaders of the World 1985 85th Birthday issues. All are/have been offered online right now as I write this on April 7, 2018.

I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for Nevis and other countries are being forged. Mainly "errors" and imperforate varieties of the issues which bring in higher profits although normal issues are also being faked in now many cases just like this. All are being produced by the same source which is known but eludes public exposure 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 the Audubon Birds issues including inverted frames, Dogs inverts, Flowers inverts, Michael Jackson inverts, imperforates 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 have been 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.

The souvenir sheet forgery I received in a bulk lot of 5 from Latvia based sellers on eBay in January 2016.

For the comparisons I purchased a full set and souvenir sheet that was mounted on a special album page back when the issue was first being collected. Here is an image of it.
Nevis 1985 Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Stamp Set on Special Album Page
I now have everything together to present to you how to detect them and not get ripped off!!

Here are gum comparisons.

Gum Comparison of a Fake 85th Birthday Stamp Pair with Original
Unlike the gum on most of the forgeries that are flooding the market right now the gum is more yellowish in color on these. It is opague though in comparison with the original gum. This type of gum has appeared on several other issues I have detected as forgeries like the St. Vincent Century of Motoring issue and several Locomotives sets. It is having a tendancy to curl worse than original gum. I do not know if these were produced earlier by the forger and held until now, but they did not appear here on the market until recently. Everything else about the forgeries is the same as all the other forgeries I have described as you will see. This yellowish gum does make them harder to detect though at first glance without originals to compare with.

Nevis 1985 Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Forgery and Original Gum Comparison of Full Stamps

Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Stamp with Original Stamp
I will use the $1.20 values for comparisons using the genuine stamp pair from the album page. I have a reason why I am using this value. Please read on!

Note the extreme difference in color on the fake stamp. The inferior screen pattern that lacks much of the details.

Left Stamp
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison of Left Stamp

Right Stamp
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison of Right Stamp

Now let's look at the fonts.

The Country Name Fonts
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday $1.20 Fake with Original Comparison of the Country Name Fonts

Here is one way to tell the forgeries from the genuine stamps. The vertical legs on the "N" are much thicker on genuine stamps. All values have this difference.

The Value Fonts
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday $1.20 Fake with Original Comparison of the Value Fonts

This is why I am using the $1.20 value for the comparisons. You can see the extreme differences between the two. The key way to detect the forgery is to look at the "$" sign. You can see it is much bolder on the genuine stamps. But the main key is the placement! On genuine stamps it is centered top and bottom with the number. On the forgeries it is centered high! This is the same for both the $1.20 values and the $1.50 values.

The Leaders of the World Logo
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Fake with Original Comparison of the Leaders of the World Logo

The "dot" between the "Leaders of the World" logos at the bottom of every stamp for this issue is very bold and well centered. On the forgeries it is much smaller and centered slightly to the right!

Now I will show reduced images of the genuine stamps with the forgeries.

Comparison of the 45c Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Stamp Forgery Pair with a Genuine Stamp Pair
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday 45c Forgery Stamp Pair with Genuine Stamp Pair Comparison

Now that you know what to look for it helps yes?
Still you can see that most people will not even notice it which is what the forger wants!

Noticeable Differences:
I must say that the images and backgrounds are very similar on this issue. Still..... The country name and value background is mustard yellow on genuine stamps versus dark gold on the forgeries.
The flowers have shades of very dark lavender and the leaves are dark green on genuine stamps versus dull lavender and dull green on the forgeries.
The font differences as described above.

Comparison of the 75c Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Stamp Forgery Pair with a Genuine Stamp Pair
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday 75c Forgery Stamp Pair with Genuine Stamp Pair Comparison

Noticeable Differences:
Again I must say that the images and backgrounds are very similar on this issue. Still..... The country name and value background is yellow gold on genuine stamps versus dark slightly green gold on the forgeries.
The flowers have shades of very dark lavender and the leaves are dark green on genuine stamps versus dull lavender and dull green on the forgeries.
The font differences as described above.

Comparison of the $1.20 Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Stamp Forgery Pair with a Genuine Stamp Pair
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday $1.20 Forgery Stamp Pair with Genuine Stamp Pair Comparison

Noticeable Differences:
Again I must say that the images and backgrounds are very similar on this issue. Still..... The country name and value background is light pink-red on genuine stamps versus light lavender on the forgeries.
The flowers have shades of very dark lavender and the leaves are dark green on genuine stamps versus dull lavender and dull green on the forgeries.
The font differences as described above including the described differences of the "$" sign.

Comparison of the $1.50 Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday Stamp Forgery Pair with a Genuine Stamp Pair
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday $1.50 Forgery Stamp Pair with Genuine Stamp Pair Comparison

Noticeable Differences:
On this value you can see a great difference in the background colors. Kind of the reverse from the other values. This time the background colors are very light shades of red on the genuine stamps versus grayish lavender shades on the forgery. The country name and value background is very similar light blue.
The flowers have shades of very dark lavender and the leaves are dark green on genuine stamps versus dull lavender and dull green on the forgeries.
The font differences as described above including the described differences of the "$" sign.

You can see that there is a lot of differences between the two printings.

THE SOUVENIR SHEET

I noted at the start of this page that I had already created a general page showing numerous forged souvenir sheets from this issue.

DO NOT BUY IMPERFORATE 85TH BIRTHDAY SOUVENIR SHEETS!

The first and basically the only reason the imperforate souvenir sheets of the 85th 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. Only archival examples from some countries have ever been offered on the market. Those being from press sheets or in presentation folders by the printer. All of a sudden 30 years later these appear! So you don't smell a rat?

Comparison of the Fake Nevis 85th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Imperforate Souvenir Sheet with an Original Souvenir Sheet
Nevis 1985 85th Birthday Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet Comparison

Imperforates of the Nevis souvenir sheet did not exist until now. Archival pieces were found but they are perforated and come from the press sheet with large selvage (imperforate) around them.
Obvious difference:
Look at the background color of the images of the queen. On originals the shading of the Black and white photo has a lavender tint. On fake souvenir sheets it is just black and white. The grass on the lawn is much lighter green on the originals than on the fakes. The overall color is much darker on the forgeries. The castle is shades of brown on the forged souvenir sheet versus much lighter reddish browns on the genuine souvenir sheets.

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 is discovering them because of my research on the printer.
Indeed several issues that I have researched and obtained the original varieties of are effected. This set does not effect me at all. I only own what is imaged and have a few of the archival pieces from the Bileski estate. 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 Nevis 1985 Queen Elizabeth 85th Birthday stamps and souvenir sheet 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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