THE SAINT LUCIA 1986 ROYAL WEDDING STAMP FORGERIES
Saint Lucia 1986 Royal Wedding Forgery Set
Scott# 839-840 Stanley Gibbons# 890-893
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 November of 2016.
The set imaged above is completely fake!
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
Saint Lucia 1986 Royal Wedding as perforated and imperforate issues. All are being offered online right now as I write this on November 5, 2016.
I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for Saint Lucia and other countries are being forged. Mainly varieties such as these 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.
The main movers of this junk now since 2014 and still to this day in 2017 are eBay sellers:
armi777 based in Latvia.
asrm10 based in Latvia.
balticamber2011 based in Latvia.
kamalmedicine based in India.
kamalthematic based in India.
alphaomegaphilately based in India.
stampbank_of_london based in the United Kingdom.
I note that apparently some as you can see are the same seller using different user names.
These sellers are spamming and have been spamming eBay lots for several years now. They offer this junk at 99c start bids. Or they offer
fake color proofs and fake inverts and fake imperforates for amounts that would not relate to true value of the genuine stamps. Namely
because for most the genuine material was either destroyed or only found on archival press sheets of which very few were saved in the archive.
Therefore, this junk offered by these sellers (which you can see nobody appears to care in the philatelic community) should be avoided because
all you are doing if you buy it is to:
1.) Enable the producer of these fake reproductions to continue to rip you off!
2.) Enable sellers like these to continue to rip you off!
3.) Enable the flooding of the stamp market with these fake reproductions to the point that now over 50% and in some cases much more
are now being sold to unknowing collectors and thus you are ripping off other collectors!
I noticed sales of the Saint Lucia 1986 Royal Wedding issue as perforated and imperforates 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 3, 4 pairs in blocks and strips. The starting bid is 99c!
I suspected that they are forgeries because other forgeries I have purchased from this same dealer. I recently purchased a number of lots of these blocks and strips and sure enough they are exactly
the same as all the other forgeries I have written about. I got them dirt cheap because they are just starting to sell them in bulk. This shows us how easily these are being
spread across the world.
This dealer is playing dumb and is 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?
A small bit of history here.
In my research on what was printed by the Format International Security Printers the 1986 Royal Wedding issues were a big part. I acquired
large portions of the originals from every country involved and have studied the issues intensly. you can read about all of them on my
specialized pages. For Saint Lucia I acquired a majority of the press sheets that still exist for the issue. These new forgeries are nothing
like the originals at all!
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 Royal Wedding 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 forgeries did not appear on the market until 2015-6, it proves these to be modern
forgeries of the stamps.
Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Stamp with Original Stamp
I will use the 80c value of Miss Sarah Ferguson for comparisons using an original from the Bileski Estate which is proof of the original printing.
Note the extreme difference in color on the fake stamp. The inferior screen pattern that lacks much of the details. No sparkle on
the teeth, nor in the eye!
Now let's look at the fonts.
You can see that the fonts on the forgery are finer. Note the spacing between the letters. The "L" almost touches the "U" on genuine stamps and
Now let's look at the border colors and lines.
You can see that the borders on the forgery are a different color. The screens used are completely different!
Now I will show reduced images of the original stamp pairs with the forgeries. At the bottom table are links to the same images at a fuller size. To big
to fit the page of course as I scanned them all at 600dpi.
Comparison of the Fake 80c Royal Wedding Stamps with the Original Stamps
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!
A note on the 60c values perforations. They are almost "double-perfed" on the bottom of the middle pair of the strip imaged. No double-perf
errors exist for this issue! Period!
Comparison of the Fake $2 Royal Wedding Stamps with the Original Stamps
You can see that there is a lot of differences between the two printings.
One other reason I made the purchases of these forgeries for was because they are being sold in part strips like I image below.
At no time were any of the 1986 Royal Wedding issues printed nor cut in such a fashion.
Here is an image of one of the uncut press sheets. All the 1986 Royal Wedding issues printed by the Format Printers were printed in this
Now...you tell me.....how do you get strips of three like the forgeries from the imaged press sheet? Obviously you cannot. Only if
one of the pairs in the strip were tete-beche would it even be remotely close at all!
Note the perforations on the press sheet. They run through the selvage on three sides! Therefore, how is it possible for the forgeries
to not have perforations running through three sides of the strip?? Again it is obvious, because they are forgeries! Run
off on some cheap printer that is barely big enough to print out a pane of stamps, let alone a press sheet!
Here is an image of fake imperforates.
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 Saint Lucia 1986 Royal Wedding stamps easily (imperforate or not) 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 pair with an original next to a forgery. All are scanned at 600dpi 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 SAINT LUCIA 1986 ROYAL WEDDING STAMPS WITH ORIGINALS