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THE MODERN FAKE NEVIS 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS STAMP ISSUES

Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Audubon Birds 1st Issue Forgery Set
Scott# 408,410,411,413 Stanley Gibbons# 269-276
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds 1st Issue Forgery Set
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Audubon Birds 2nd Issue Forgery Set
Scott# 407,409,412,414 Stanley Gibbons# 285-292
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds 2nd Issue Forgery Set

Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Invert Error Forgeries
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Invert error Forgery Stamps

I have found documented proof dated April 2015 that at least 10,000 perforated forgery sets of each issue have been moved onto the market!

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 September of 2015.
Both sets imaged above are fakes!
Supposed Inverts of these have also recently surfaced. No inverts of any Leaders of the World Audubon birds issues were ever printed by the Format Printers! Any and all (perforated or imperforate) are fakes produced by a stamp dealer bent on ripping you off!

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 forgeries of the Nevis Leaders of the World 1985 Audubon Birds issues. All are being offered online right now as I write this on September 5, 2015.

I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for Nevis 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 now 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 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 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.

I noticed sales of the Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds issues (both series) being sold on ebay from a dealer based in Latvia. This dealer is a large volume dealer and was and is offering these fakes in bulk lots of 5, 10 pairs all still attached and even offering full pane sets. The starting bid is 99c! Buyers constantly bid them up to $3.00 to $12.00 ranges. They all are selling thus they are now everywhere in the world! Thousands have been moved!

I suspected that they are forgeries because other forgeries I have purchased from this same dealer. I recently purchased one series and sure enough they are exactly the same as all the other forgeries I have written about. I then purchased the other series and they too are forgeries. The second purchase was full panes! I got them for $6.72 winning bid. This shows us how easily these are being spread across the world.

So far the fake inverts seem to be only offered by a large volume stamp seller based in India of all things. This seller was notified that other forgeries (mainly of fake color proofs of Tuvalu 1985 Dogs) were forgeries. Instead of looking into it, he persists in offering them and now is trying to rip collectors off with these fake inverts imaged above. He even shows the gum side which is obviously entirely different than the gum used by Format! Here is a comparison (using this sellers own images) of the back of one of the fake inverts and another stamp pair he is selling that is genuine. As with many others, these big "dealers" sell genuine material along with forgeries and illegal stamps. It is really sad what greed and not wanting to admit that they were conned does to these people. To the point of, rather than destroying or reporting these to the proper philatelic channels, they will try to rip off collectors to get their money back.
Here is the image.
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Invert error Forgery Stamp Gum Comparison

These dealers are playing dumb and are persisting in selling these and many other forgeries so without naming names because of defamation retaliation and because eBay could retaliate I will have to leave it up to you collectors and dealers to do something about it.
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?

I now have everything together to present to you how to detect them and not get ripped off!!

Here are more 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 stamps like these have ever been on the market nor recorded, it proves these to be modern forgeries of the stamps.
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgery with Original Closeup Gum Comparison

Gum Comparison of the Original and Forgery of the 1985 Audubon Birds Stamps
Again there is an obvious difference in color and texture.
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgery and Original Gum Comparison of Full Stamp

Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Stamp with Original Stamp
I will use the 5c value for comparisons using original Specimen overprinted which is proof of the original printing.

Note the extreme difference in color on the fake stamp. The difference in the border color. The inferior screen pattern that lacks much of the details.
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison

Comparison of the Fake 1st Issue 5c Stamps with the Original Stamps
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 5c Stamp Comparison

A stunning difference yes?
Please note the difference in color of the background and the plaque on the fake stamp. It is difficult to discern if not next to originals.
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.
Obvious differences:
The Bluebirds wings are almost black on the forgeries, blue on genuine stamps.
The Cardinal is orange on forgeries, red on genuine stamps.

Comparison of the Fake 1st Issue 55c Stamps with the Original Stamps
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 55c Stamp Comparison

Obvious differences:
The Kingfisher is gray-blue on the forgeries, Aqua-blue on genuine stamps.
The Cuckoo is bright orange on forgeries, dull orange on genuine stamps.
The color bar with country name is deep olive green on forgeries, light green on genuine stamps.

Comparison of the Fake 1st Issue 60c Stamps with the Original Stamps
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 60c Stamp Comparison

Obvious differences:
The Yellow Warbler is dull orange on the forgeries, dull yellow on genuine stamps.
The Cerulean Warbler has almost black wings and tail on forgeries, dark blue on genuine stamps.

Comparison of the Fake 1st Issue $2 Stamps with the Original Stamps
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original $2 Stamp Comparison

Obvious differences:
The Burrowing Owl is yellow-brown on the forgeries, red-brown on genuine stamps.
The Long-eared Owl has also yellow-brown wings on forgeries, red-brown on genuine stamps.

You can see that the border colors are pretty close on most of them making it a bit difficult to detect in that way.

Now let us compare the second issue pairs! Again, I will use an original Specimen overprinted stamp pairs. This time from one of the extremely rare press sheets found in the Format Printers archive.

Comparison of the Fake 2nd Issue 1c Stamps with the Original Stamps
Note the extreme difference in color on the birds. Yet the border colors are close making them extremely dangerous forgeries.
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 1c Stamp Comparison

Obvious differences:
The Painted Bunting and fruit are shades of yellow-green on the forgeries, shades of green on genuine stamps.
The Golden-crowned Kinglet has red-brown wings on forgeries, brown on genuine stamps.

Comparison of the Fake 2nd Issue 40c Stamps with the Original Stamps
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 40c Stamp Comparison

Obvious differences:
The Common Flickers wings are shades of yellow-brown on the forgeries, shades of brown on genuine stamps.
The Western Tanagers head is bright orange-red on forgeries, dull brick-red on genuine stamps.
The color bar with country name is brown-green on forgeries, olive-green on genuine stamps.

Comparison of the Fake 2nd Issue 60c Stamps with the Original Stamps
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original 2nd Issue 60c Stamp Comparison

Obvious differences:
The Sage Thrashers wings are shades of yellow-brown on the forgeries, shades of yellow-green on genuine stamps.
The Evening Grosbeak is burnt orange on forgeries, mustard yellow on genuine stamps.
The color bar with country name is light gray on forgeries, gray-blue on genuine stamps.

Comparison of the Fake 2nd Issue $2.50 Stamps with the Original Stamps
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Forgeries with Original $2.50 Stamp Comparison

Obvious differences:
The Blackburnian Warbler wings are shades of dark black on the forgeries, shades of dull black on genuine stamps.
The Northern Oriole head is dark black on forgeries, dark brown on genuine stamps.
The color bar with country name is lavender on forgeries, deep pink on genuine stamps.

These color differences are obvious on imperforates and the fake inverts as well. Most of these color differences cannot be changed by changing scanner settings or enhancing the images by changing contrast or brightness, so give up rip off dealers!

As for the forger, your lousy attempts to match colors will never succeed. Simply because it is like a Van Gogh painting. He made the colors himself and the formula used went with him to the grave. Unless you spend tons of time and money to get them, you will never be able to match colors used by Format and we all know you are too lazy and cheap to do it. Besides that, it would not make producing these forgeries profitable on your end worm....

Perforation Comparison of Fake Stamps with Originals
The forgeries have much cleaner cut holes than the originals. Aside from the forgeries being perforated with a different machine this is most likely due to the originals being produced on much more fibrous, heavier and thicker paper and gum.
Note the black frame lines are a bit thicker and look at that inferior screen pattern!
Nevis 1985 Leaders of the World Audubon Birds Forgery with Original Perforation Comparison

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.
Packets of Fake Stamp Panes

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 Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds $2 stamp pair from the lower left corner of a pane from the original printing.
I note this is the only image of an original I could find proving difference. This seller sold this set long ago on Delcampe. It shows that original full panes are scarce!
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Original print Lower Left Corner Stamp Pair

Now here is an image of a lower left corner pair from a forged stamp pane.
Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds Fake Lower Left Stamp Corner Block

Now look at the image of the original corner pair and look at the left selvage. Then look at the left selvage of the fake stamp block. Can you see the difference?
The perforations run through the selvage on the original panes on all sides. There are no perforations on the left selvage of the fake panes!
The forgers did almost get it right though. The perforations run through the selvage on the other three sides of the panes and the sheet numbers are correct. Looks like their perforating machine isn't big enough to do the job correctly. You can see on the forgeries that there are two perforation holes on the very left edge of the selvage. I note it is off center a little. Can't even cut the panes straight. Shoddy job....

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 Nevis 1985 Audubon Birds 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!

Here are links to images of each stamp with an original next to a forgery. All are scanned at 1200dpi so the files are large. All were scanned at the same time with the same settings and nothing is enhanced. Using Scott Catalog numbers. Please be patient with downloading them because each file is around 7 to 8 megs.

FAKE NEVIS 1985 AUDUBON BIRDS STAMPS WITH ORIGINALS
Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 407a Painted Bunting Stamp Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 407b Golden-crowned Kinglet Stamp
Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 408a Eastern Bluebird Stamp Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 408b Northern Cardinal Stamp
Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 409a Common Flicker Stamp Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 409b Western Tanager Stamp
Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 410a Belted Kingfisher Stamp Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 410b Mangrove Cuckoo Stamp
Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 411a Yellow Warbler Stamp Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 411b Cerulean Warbler Stamp
Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 412a Sage Thrasher Stamp Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 412b Evening Grosbeak Stamp
Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 413a Burrowing Owl Stamp Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 413b Long-eared Owl Stamp
Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 414a Blackburnian Warbler Stamp Nevis Audubon Birds Scott 414b Northern Oriole Stamp

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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