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Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Forgery Set
Scott# 923-927 Stanley Gibbons# 978-981, MS982
Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Forgery Set


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 Expertising certificates on fake inverts. Here is one for this issue.
Saint Vincent 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 expertising 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.


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 expertising 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.



Recently I purchased a set of perforated forgeries of the stamps for this issue. I knew some time ago that they were being moved onto the market but just recently obtained the set to use for the following comparisons. I have discovered that modern forgeries of the stamps of this issue are being flooded onto the market. At this point it seems the souvenir sheet has not been forged. The status can change at any time on the souvenir sheet though because other souvenir sheets from other countries for this series have been forged.
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 2017.

The stamps imaged above are all forgeries!

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 and imperforate versions of the stamps of the Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday issue that are forgeries. They are being offered online right now as I write this on September 9, 2017.

Here are images of bulk lots of these forgeries that have been offered by user balticamber2011. They have been sold in similar lots by users armi777 and asrm10 multiple times right down to using the same images in some cases. This shows direct connections of these users which are all based in Latvia. Snapshot imaging of many eBay lots of forgeries sold in the past by these users have been retained so denial of the fact cannot be made.
Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Strips of 5 Forgery Set
Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Strips of 5 Forgery Set offered by balticamber2011
Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Imperforate Strips of 5 Forgery Set
Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Imperforate Strips of 5 Forgery Set offered by balticamber2011
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.


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 stamp forgeries of this issue came 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.

There are other issues for this series from other countries being forged by the same source including inverted frame errors and imperforates so I knew that more forgeries including the Saint Vincent issue would 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 from a reputable British stamp dealer for comparison images.

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
Unlike the gum on most of the forgeries that are flooding the market right now the gum is more yellowish in color on these. It is opaque though in comparison with the original gum. This type of gum has appeared on several other issues I have detected as forgeries like the St. Vincent Century of Motoring issue and several Locomotives sets. It is having a tendency to curl worse than original gum. I do not know if these were produced earlier by the forger and held until now, but they did not appear here on the market until recently. Everything else about the forgeries is the same as all the other forgeries I have described as you will see. This yellowish gum does make them harder to detect though at first glance without originals to compare with.

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

I will use the 10c Specimen Overprinted Saint Vincent 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. A very shoddy copy from the original!
Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Fake with Original Screen and Color Comparison

Now let's compare the country name fonts.

Saint Vincent 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 huge spacing between the "St." and the "Vincent" on the forgery.

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

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

Genuine stamps are cardinal red...forgeries are plum purple. This forger really sucks in color matching! Oh that's right...the inks used to make the stamps originally no longer exist! Still could have done much better. All in all a really easy forgery to detect once you know.

Full Comparison of the Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday 10c Stamp Forgery with a Genuine 10c 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 purple they are fake!
Imperfs, normals or, if they appear those stupid inverts....purple 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 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II 10c Forgery with Genuine 10c Stamp Comparison

Full Comparison of the Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday 90c Stamp Forgery with a Genuine 90c Stamp

This one even easier to tell. Brown tint image...genuine...slight 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 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II 90c Forgery with Genuine 90c Stamp Comparison

Full Comparison of the Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday $2.50 Stamp Forgery with a Genuine $2.50 Stamp

Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II $2.50 Forgery with Genuine $2.50 Stamp Comparison

Full Comparison of the Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday $8 Stamp Forgery with a Genuine $8 Stamp

Really an all around bad forgery here folks. Light lavender...good....green.....bad.
Saint Vincent 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II $8 Forgery with Genuine $8 Stamp Comparison

At this point as I said earlier I have not seen forgeries of the souvenir sheet. This area is reserved if they should appear.

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

One buyer of these forgeries 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.
It does not matter that it is from St. Vincent Grenadines. All the panes from the original printing were made in the same fashion.
1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth Original print Stamp Pane

Now here is an cropped image of one of the fake stamp strips I imaged at the beginning of this page.
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 strip of 5 with selvage shown above. Can you see the difference?
The perforations run through the selvage on the original panes on three sides. There are no perforations on the selvage at the top of the forged strip!

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. Fake imperforate souvenir sheets of this issue is one. 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 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II 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!

Your friend and fellow collector and researcher,

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