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THE MODERN FAKE NEVIS 1986 60TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAMP ISSUES

Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Inverted Frame Error Forgery Set
Scott# 472-475 Stanley Gibbons# 384-7
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Inverted Frame Error Forgery Set

UPDATE 2018 WARNING!!!!

It has come to my attention that the Michel Catalog editors were fooled into adding notes in the latest edition of their catalogs that inverts exist of this issue and others. It started with the forger or one of his associates fooling Christian Calves into issuing False Expertizing certificates on fake inverts. Here is one for this issue.
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Invert Forgery Set Falsly Expertised by Christian Calves
I contacted the expert directly and this is his reply.
 Christian Calves email response to expertizing forgeries as genuine
In english it reads.

Dear Sir,
I am interested in the e-mail you sent us on May 25 about the stamps printed by Format International Security Printers.
I have browsed your site carefully and have been very favorably impressed by the breadth of your research that demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the subject.
They allowed me to read information that I did not have in my possession. Rest assured that I will take them into account, when I will have to appraise stamps printed by this company.
With thanks,
Best regards,
Christian Calves

With this you can see we now have a very huge problem with stamp expertizing services. The forger and his cronies will go to great lengths to try to get their fake junk authenticated as if genuine to fool you into buying them.

THEY THEN TOOK IT FARTHER!

I was notified by other experts that the most recently published Michel Catalogs have new notes added that inverts exist of these issues! I immediately contacted the editors of Michel catalog. Here is the response.
Michel Catalog Editors email response to noting the Format Invert forgeries in the Catalogs
If you cannot read the image, this is what it says.

Dear Mr. Lowe,
I am answering only today because your mail reached me after workend of the day before the German day of reunification, our national holiday.
Thank you very much for your information, which was not totally new to us, as we got another warning some months ago. At that time I deleted the footnotes concerning the inverts from our database. Yours sincerely
ppa Oskar Klan

So if there is any doubt remaining that the expertizing certificates and/or the notes in Michel Catalog are false in all regards then contact them yourself to get the answer. Sadly these false certificates and newly published catalogs are now on the market causing havoc to dealers and collectors worldwide. Thanks to one person....

The forger who is a wholesale stamp dealer and his cronies are professional cons that will go to the most extreme lengths to get fake material like this to appear genuine. They are a network of dealers around the world and are very powerful entities in the philatelic community. You can see this just by what has happened here.

YOU MUST BE ALERT AND DO EXTENSIVE RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING LIKE THIS!!

END UPDATE 2018 WARNING

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 December of 2015.
All of the stamps shown above are fakes!

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 fake inverts of the Nevis 1986 60th Birthday issue. I have also discovered forgeries of the Imperforate souvenir sheet as well. All are being offered online right now as I write this on December 24, 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 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.

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 noticed sales of the Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth issue being sold as inverted frame errors on ebay from a dealer in the UK at a cost of around $25.00. The background color on the stamps is a much darker blue. I purchased a set and since I had already purchased other fakes of this issue from other countries there is no surprise in finding them to be from a completely different printing than the originals. The colors, screens, fonts and gum completely differ.
On ebay in looking for darker blue backgrounds I recently came across bulk lots of the souvenir sheet imperforate up for auction at the 99c start price. I have not purchased one and do not need to as the seller has many other forgeries from the same source! Here is an image of a lot that sold for $1.29! Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Fake Imperforate Souvenir Sheets

Here are the differences of the stamps.

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.
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Gum Comparison

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.
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Souvenir Sheet Fake and Original Gum Comparison

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.
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison

Comparison of the Fake 5c 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.
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake invert with Original 5c Stamp Comparison

Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake invert with Original 75c Stamp Comparison

Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake invert with Original $2 Stamp Comparison

Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake invert with Original $8 Stamp 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.

Now here is an image of a genuine pane of Nevis 60th Birthday stamps. Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Genuine Stamp Pane
And here is an image of Nevis 60th Birthday invert forgery stamps with corner selvage.
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Invert Forgery Stamp Corners
You can see that on genuine stamps the perforation holes run through the selvage. On the forgeries....it does not.

I note also that the souvenir sheet forgeries are slightly smaller than the originals.

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 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II 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!

Here are links to images of each stamp with an original specimen stamp next to a fake. 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. Please be patient with downloading them because each file is around 7 to 8 megs.

FAKE 1986 NEVIS 60TH BIRTHDAY STAMPS WITH ORIGINALS
Scott 472 Queen Elizabeth in 1976 Stamp Scott 473 Queen Elizabeth in 1953 Stamp
Scott 474 Queen Elizabeth Wearing Pink Hat in Australia Stamp Scott 475 Queen in Canberra in 1982 Stamp

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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