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This page has been redone to better distinguish #18 F6's, identified in June 2012. What's new is not the forgery itself, but the descriptions of how it is subtly different than F1's & F4's.

WARNING! The scales change slightly from one image to another. Ignore variations in the size of images.
The first table describes genuine stamps and F1, F4, F6 forgeries.
The second table describes F3 and F5 forgeries.
A note about F4's & F6's:

R in Rada (rotated somewhat) Genuine Stamps F1 Forgeries F4 Forgeries F6 Forgeries
  • Gen. R may have a few dots, but no solid blobs. Upper boxes have solid borders. Border below may be broken as shown here.
  • F1: blob is not attached to the R; has a couple of dots below. 1st upper box has broken bottom border.
  • F4: Blob is attached to the R, with dots along side of R. 1st and 7th upper boxes have broken bottom border.
  • F6: blob is larger and has a solid portion descending from it. 1st and 7th upper boxes have broken bottom border.
  • (In my collection:) F1, F4, F6: all have a bump on the frame left of the R.
    Genuine, F3, F5: the bump is almost imperceptible or is absent.
 
A in Miejska (not rotated) Genuine Stamps F1 Forgeries F4 Forgeries F6 Forgeries
  • Genuine: A has a large dot and a small dot under it; the right leg "A" does not touch the frame around "Miejska".
  • F1: Short bar under the A instead of dots; leg of A barely touches the frame.
  • F4: Long bar under the A; "dagger" descends below leg of A. The leg is strongly attached to the frame.
  • F6: Bar under the A is longer than F1's and shorter than F4's, and is not entirely attached to the frame. The leg IS strongly attached to the frame.
 
Lower left corner Genuine Stamps F1 Forgeries F4 Forgeries F6 Forgeries
  • Genuine and F1: no vertical line inside the frame around the "20".   No dot under the "0"
  • F4 and F6: vertical line inside the frame and dot under the "0".
         F6: vertical line is attached to the frame.
 
Lower right corner Genuine Stamps F1 Forgeries F4 Forgeries F6 Forgeries
  • F1: tiny bump on "0"
  • F4, F6: dot above the "0"
M in Miejska (not rotated) Genuine Stamps F1 Forgeries F4 Forgeries F6 Forgeries
  • F1: tiny bump on "0"
  • F4, F6: dot above the "0"
       



#18 Forgeries 3 & 5: (see below; also known as issue 8.)


Description F3's F5's
#18 F3 vs. F5: F5's have a wider sheaf than F3's.
  • F3's: bottom of sheaf is about 4.7-4.8 mm corner to corner; top is about 7.6-7.8 mm corner to corner. These are probably the "thin numeral" varieties discussed in the literature.
  • F5's: bottom of sheaf is about 5.3 - 5.4 mm corner to corner; top is about 8.4-8.6 mm corner to corner. These are probably the "thick numeral" varieties.

See right for close-ups of the sheaf tops. You should be able to see that the F5 sheaf is wider than the bottom of the "1918" tablet, whereas the F3 sheaf is about as wide as the bottom of the tablet.

The overlay at right may help you see the difference between the F3 sheaf and the F5 sheaf.


Overlay showing that the F5 sheaf (in purple) is slightly wider than the F3 sheaf (in silver-gray)

#18 Forgery 2:  
Last modified 23 Aug. 2015