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5th Issue #15 (5 Hal. Red Town Square) Additional Genuine vs. F1 Distinctions
No. 15 Forgery 1 (the left image)
  • There's a "crescent moon" and some dots to the left of the church steeple, not seen on genuine stamps
  • The dot on the left of "1918" is slightly misshapen on forgeries, not on genuine stamps
  • The clock face typically is white. On genuine stamps you can almost see the hands.
  • The arc is solid if uneven on forgeries, dotted or broken on genuine stamps.
  • On F1's (see left image), the R in Rada is about 0.95-1 mm from the left inner frame line; on Genuine #15's (see right image), it's closer: 0.7 - 0.75 mm from the inside vertical frame.
  •                #15 Forgery 1                                  #15 Genuine



    5th Issue #16 (10 Hal. Green City Hall) Additional Genuine vs. F1 Distinctions
    No. 16 Forgery 1 (the left image)
    • The right inner frame line goes all the way down; on genuine stamps, it stops about 0.3 mm above the tree.
    • Genuine #16s have a dot above the I of Miejska, and a little arm on the right side, much like a Saguaro cactus. On some lightly-inked stamps, the arm can be hard to see, even with a 10X magnifier.
    • On F1's, the R in Rada is roughly parallel to the left inner frame line, and about 0.6 mm to 0.75 mm inside the line, depending on the stamp.
    • On genuine #16's, the R slopes away from the frame line: it's about 0.6 mm distant at the bottom of the R, but about 0.75 mm away at the top of the R.
    • Kronenberg (scan V7_P44) points out that the bottom frame line sticks out on the right side of genuine stamps, but it also sticks out on F1's & F5's, so it's not a reliable guide.

         #16 Forgery 1                     #16 Genuine



    5th Issue #17 (15 Hal. Blue Pilicia River Bridge) Additional Genuine vs. F1 Distinctions
    No. 17 Forgery 1 (the left image) 
  • The bridge "pavement" is pretty much washed out, with very little detail except at the right bottom; genuine stamps have a lot more dots.
  • The arc under 1918 is solid and heavy on F1's, light and dotted on genuine stamps.
  • Look at the first and last letters of "Rada Miejska". On F1's, the R of "Rada" is further away (1.1-1.2 mm) from the top vertical bars than is the A in "Miejska" (0.3-0.4 mm). On genuine stamps, the distances are almost equal (or slightly reversed at 0.6-0.7 mm on the left and 0.7-0.8 mm on the right.)
  • And the F1 R is closer to the left inner frame line than on genuine stamps. (F1's: 0.4-0.5 mm from the left inner frame line, vs. genuine: 0.7-0.75 mm from the line.)
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         #17 F1

         #17 Genuine
     

    Kronenberg (scan V7_P44) points out that genuine #17's have a bulge at the bottom of the frame line which separates the right "15" from "Halerzy". I think these bulges may vary slightly from one plate position to another.

    Last modified 24 Feb. 2013