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THE MODERN FAKE SAINT VINCENT 1987 40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAMPS AND SOUVENIR SHEET
ROYAL RUBY WEDDING

Saint Vincent 1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Imperforate Forgery Set
Scott Catalog# 1017-21 Stanley Gibbons Catalog# 1079-83
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Fake Imperforate Stamp Set

Saint Vincent 1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Inverted Frame Error Forgery Set
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Fake Inverted Frame Error Stamp Set

I have recently discovered that modern fake imperforate 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 write this page in July of 2015.

UPDATE October 16, 2015

I have also finally found that the majority of inverted frame error stamps on the market are also fakes and forgeries. They are from a different printing that was not done by the Format International Security Printers. The original printing of the inverts was done for promotional reasons. Only the four low values were printed with the error. There was no request for the $5.00 value to be made as an invert. The four values made were used for promotions and the remainders sold through dealers at overinflated prices. The inverts were "reprinted" later outside of Format and the $5.00 value was added. These invert sets are of an inferior quality and just like the Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley secondary reprints are on a whiter paper with white gum. They are all easily defined if scanned at 1200 dpi which reveals their screen differences. Please read on to understand all the new information.
End update

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 fake perforated and imperforate stamps and souvenir sheets of the Saint Vincent 1987 40th Wedding Anniversary issue. They are being offered online right now as I write this on July 25, 2015.

I have documented proof that 10,000 sets of imperforate forgeries were released onto the market in April 2015.

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.

First the souvenir sheet

Recently I noticed sales of bulk lots of 5 of the Saint Vincent 1987 Royal Ruby Wedding of Queen Elizabeth imperforate souvenir sheet being sold on ebay from a dealer in Latvia at the 99c start bid. I note that the imperforate souvenir sheet has not been widely available until now. Rushstamps is the only dealer that have any available. So 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.
There are other issues from other countries being forged by the same source including inverted frame errors and imperforates so I suspect that more forgeries of the Saint Vincent 40th Wedding Anniversary issue will surface as well. For now I will use the actual Saint Vincent fake imperforate souvenir sheet and a genuine perforated souvenir sheet. Here are the differences.

The Fake Imperforate Saint Vincent Royal Ruby Wedding Souvenir Sheet

1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Fake Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

Gum Comparison of the Original and Fake 1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Souvenir Sheets
There is an obvious difference in color and texture. Note the fake souvenir sheet is smaller than the original.
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Souvenir Sheet Fake and Original Gum Comparison

Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Souvenir Sheet Image with Original Souvenir Sheet Image
The color on the fake souvenir sheet picture image has a greenish tint overall while the original is a lavender tint.
The inferior screen pattern is prominent making the image less detailed. Still a very dangerous forgery when not with an original to compare.
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet Image Screen and Color Comparison

Font, Screen and Color Comparison of the Fake Souvenir Sheet with Original Souvenir Sheet
The gold framelines are much thicker on the forgery. A crosshatch pattern is on the orange background of the forgery where it is solid on the originals. The fonts are much thicker and heavier on the originals than on the fakes.
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet Font, Screen and Color Comparison

Here are the two souvenir sheets side by side. Now you can see the difference yes? Again please notice the forgery is slightly smaller in size.
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Souvenir Sheet

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

Now the stamps.

I recently noticed sales of the stamps as imperforates being sold in bulk lots of 5 and 10 sets on eBay at the 99c start bid by the same Latvia based sellers. All still attached as in one side of a pane and so forth. I had to jump on those because up until now the imperforates were only being offered at high dollar amounts! I got a lot which was blocks of 10 for $12.00! Here is what I got.
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Fake Imperforate Blocks of 10

I received them and immediately once again saw that something was not right. In 2010 I got my hands on a set of blocks of the infamous inverts of this issue for $25.00 and so I went hunting in my stock and found them. As with the other fakes I have discovered I immediately scanned one fake stamp with one of the inverts of the same value. To my surprise...
I found they had similar inferior screen patterns!!

Well, I thought, this just cannot be. Why would the inverts I purchased in 2010 be similar to the forgeries being produced now? I looked deeper and could see both have inferior patterns but differ greatly in color and pattern and paper and gum type! Then it dawned on me. The inverts are not originals either! Off I go back into the stock and I get the promotional proof cards and sure enough a tremendous difference I find. The originals on the cards have the much finer screens used by the Format printers. The stamps are clear and beautiful and again completly different than the forgeries and what I can assure you are fake inverts now.

So here is what to look for!

I will use the $2.00 value for high resolution examples. The differences are in the same degree for all values.
Here is an image of the three different printings side by side in reduced size.

1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Forgeries Compared with Original Genuine Stamp

All three were scanned at 1200dpi at the same time so there is no difference in image quality. You can see they are quite different! Lets see part of the imperforate and the fake invert side by side at 1200 dpi!
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Imperforate Forgery Compared with Fake Inverted Frame Stamp

Note the imperforate is a much better fake than the invert. It indeed is very dangerous if viewed alone.
Now let us view the fake imperforate with the genuine original invert from the card.
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Imperforate Forgery Compared with Genuine Inverted Frame Stamp

Note the much finer screen used on the genuine stamp. Note the fake imperforate has greenish tint on the image where the originals have a purple brown tint. Quite a difference yes?

Now let us view the fake invert with the genuine original invert from the card.
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Invert Frame Forgery Compared with Genuine Inverted Frame Stamp

Incredible difference yes? Now you know what to look for in screen quality. Perforated, imperforate or error it does not matter. The differences are extreme.

Let us look at fonts. 1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Font Comparison of Forgeries Compared with Genuine Stamp

You can see the fonts on the originals are much finer.

Now the gold border.
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Gold Border Comparison of Forgeries Compared with Genuine Stamp

You can see the fake imperforate border is closer in size to the original but the fake inverts have a much wider gold border.

So now this all means you must be very wary in buying this set in any form thanks to the greed of some people.

Saint Vincent 15c Queen Victoria in 1841 Stamp Forgery Comparison
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Comparison of Imperforate and Inverted 15c Forgeries Compared with Genuine Stamp

You can see the obvious difference of the fake invert. The image is mostly "whited out". The imperforate forgery has brownish background compared to the genuine which is black background.

Saint Vincent 75c Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew in 1960 Stamp Forgery Comparison
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Comparison of Imperforate and Inverted 75c Forgeries Compared with Genuine Stamp

Again you can see the obvious difference of the fake invert. The image is mostly "whited out". The imperforate forgery has black background this time compared to the genuine which is a reddish-brown background.

Saint Vincent $1 Coronation in 1953 Stamp Forgery Comparison
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Comparison of Imperforate and Inverted $1 Forgeries Compared with Genuine Stamp

Again you can see the obvious difference of the fake invert. The image is mostly "whited out". The imperforate forgery has greenish-black background this time compared to the genuine which is a reddish-brown background.

Saint Vincent $2.50 Duke of Edinburgh in 1948 Stamp Forgery Comparison
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Comparison of Imperforate and Inverted $2.50 Forgeries Compared with Genuine Stamp

Again you can see the obvious difference of the fake invert. The image is mostly "whited out". The imperforate forgery has greenish-black background this time compared to the genuine which is a reddish-brown background.

Saint Vincent $5 Queen Elizabeth II in 1980 Stamp Forgery Comparison
1987 Royal Ruby Wedding Comparison of Imperforate and Inverted $5 Forgeries Compared with Genuine Stamp

You can see the obvious difference of the fake invert. The image is much lighter as is the lavender background. The imperforate forgery has solid lavender background compared to the genuine which has a lighter lavender at the top of the background flowing into a darker shade of lavender at the bottom of the background.

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 1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth stamp set corners from the original printing.
1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth Original print Stamp Corner Set

Now here is an image of a corner pair from a fake stamp pane.
Fake Stamp Corner Pair

Now look at the image of the corner set 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 stamps on all sides. There are no perforations on the selvage of the fake panes!
Also the pane numbers of the panes are completely different on examples I have found!!

You can now define the fake Saint Vincent 1987 40th Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II souvenir sheet and stamps easily and can now possibly avoid being ripped off!

Here is a link to an image of the original souvenir sheet next to a fake. 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
1987 40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SOUVENIR SHEET
Scott 1022 Royal Ruby Wedding of Queen
Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,
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