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THE MODERN FAKE SAINT VINCENT GRENADINES 1986 60TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAMP FORGERIES

Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Forgery Set
Scott# 514-517 Stanley Gibbons# 459-462
Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Forgery Set
Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Fake Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
Scott# 518 Stanley Gibbons# MS463
Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Fake Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
I have discovered that modern forgeries of the stamps and 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 re-write this page in January of 2017.

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 perforated versions of the stamps and imperforate souvenir sheets of the Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday issue that are forgeries. They have been offered online as I wrote this on July 20, 2015 and now as I update this page. I found the single stamp forgeries in 2016 and have had to update this page in January of 2017.

I can also tell you that I have discovered that many more "modern" issues for Saint Vincent 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.

I wrote this page in 2015. I am have now updated it in 2017. The perforated stamp forgeries have come onto the market in 2016. The appearance of these new forgeries shows us that the producers and sellers connected to them are still placing this junk onto the market unhindered. You must now be wary of every stamp and souvenir sheet for this issue as I predicted in 2015.

I noticed sales of bulk lots of 5 of the Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth imperforate souvenir sheet being sold on ebay from a dealer in Latvia at the 99c start bid. I noticed just from the image that something was wrong. The background color on the souvenir sheets stamps was a much darker blue. I purchased a lot and was amazed to find it is from a completely different printing than the originals! The colors, screens, fonts and gum completely differ.
I searched for anything else odd with the issue but in 2015 I did not find anything. There are other issues from other countries being forged by the same source including inverted frame errors and imperforates so I suspected that more forgeries of the Saint Vincent Grenadines issue will surface as well.

I am sorry to say, as of 2016 I have found the single stamp forgeries being sold by the same sellers on eBay.

I have now received a genuine specimen set for comparison images. I have used the Saint Vincent Grenadines fake imperforate souvenir sheet with a genuine imperforate souvenir sheet when this page was originally made. If you don't know, I basically acquired almost the complete original stock of the imperforate souvenir sheet and was the only seller of them aside from Rushstamps until these forgeries started appearing. Therefore unless they can prove it, all other sellers of the imperforate Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday souvenir sheets are selling you fakes!

I now have everything to show you what to look for.

Here are the differences.

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

I will use the 5c Specimen Overprinted Saint Vincent Grenadines 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II for high resolution comparisons.

Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake 5c Stamp with Original Specimen 5c Stamp
Note the extreme difference in color on the fake stamp. The inferior screen pattern. You can hardly make out her eye on the forgery!
Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison

Now let's compare the country name fonts.

Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Font Comparison

Pretty close yes? On the genuine stamps the color is blacker. But do you see the real difference? Look at the spacing between the "d" and the "i".

And now, the easiest way to tell the difference. The color of the plaque.

Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Plaque Comparison

Genuine stamps are light brown...forgeries are olive green. This forger really sucks in color matching! Oh that's right...the inks used to make the stamps originally no longer exist!

Full Comparison of the Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday 5c Stamp Forgery with a Genuine 5c Stamp

A stunning difference when put side by side, yes?
Please note the extreme difference in color of the plaque on the forgery. All you need to know to detect them. If they are green they are fake!
Imperfs, normals or, if they appear those stupid inverts....green plaques.....fakes!

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.
Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II 5c Forgery with Genuine 5c Stamp Comparison

Full Comparison of the Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday $1 Stamp Forgery with a Genuine $1 Stamp

This one even easier to tell. Brown tint image...genuine...green tint image....fake! Reminds me of the Saint Vincent 1987 Royal Ruby Wedding fake inverts going around. Same problem....same producer. Read my page on that fiasco!
Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II $1 Forgery with Genuine $1 Stamp Comparison

Full Comparison of the Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday $4 Stamp Forgery with a Genuine $4 Stamp

Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II $4 Forgery with Genuine $4 Stamp Comparison

Full Comparison of the Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday $6 Stamp Forgery with a Genuine $6 Stamp

Really an all around bad forgery here folks. Light lavenders...good....green.....baaaaad.
Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II $6 Forgery with Genuine $6 Stamp Comparison

The Fake Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

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

Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Souvenir Sheet Plaque with Original Souvenir Sheet Plaque
Again, there are pronounced differences on the logo plaques.
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet Plaque Screen and Color Comparison

Here are the two souvenir sheets side by side. Now you can see the difference yes? Notice the forgery is slightly smaller in size.
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet

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 Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth 5c stamp pane from the original printing.
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Original print Stamp Pane

Now here is an image of a corner pair from a stamp pane forgery.
Saint Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday 5c Fake Stamp Corner Pair

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 the sides. There are no perforations on the selvage of the corner pair forgery!
Also the pane numbers of the panes are completely different on some 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. These fake imperforate souvenir sheets. 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 Vincent Grenadines 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II stamps and souvenir sheets 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 is a link to an image of the genuine souvenir sheet next to a forgery. Scanned at 600dpi so the file is large. Both souvenir sheets were scanned at the same time with the same settings and nothing is enhanced. Please be patient with downloading the file because it is around 7 to 8 megs.

FAKE AND ORIGINAL ST. VINCENT GRENADINES
1986 60TH BIRTHDAY SOUVENIR SHEET
Scott 518 60th Birthday Queen
Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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