Queen Isabella II

February 1, 1854



Gooding #1F1
Bartels #C1.1; Earee First Forgery (Page 206)

Engelhardt Fohl Forgery. Engraved in Taille-Douce in yellowish stout, moderately soft buff wove paper. All the date numerals are as tall as 'CORREOS' and 'Y'. The ink stands out in ridges on the surface of the paper, the depth of the lines being much exaggerated. The '5' in '1854' has a very short top line. One or two of the pearls below the 'Y' are shaped like a 'D'. Also known with Double Impression. (Same die as Gooding #2F2, 4F2 and 5F1).

(Double Impression)


Gooding #1F2
Bartels #C1.2

Lithographed in orange-red, much the colour of the genuine, on rather stout, very hard yellowish white wove paper. The 's' of 'Cs' is like a '5' and a considerable distance from the 'C'. The ink does not stand out at all from the surface of the paper. Known unused and used with bogus Baeza (16 January 1851) circular date stamp.


Gooding #1F3

Printed in Orange. '5' in '1854' is taller than the other numbers. Second '5' in '55 is very narrow and has virtually no loop. The bottom loop of '5' in '5 Cs' ends in a dot.


Gooding #1F4

Crude imitation in red with coarse lined background. Letters and numbers are of even size. 'FRANCO' is well away from the left frame line. Known used with Arana cancellation. Probably produced in Spain.


Gooding #1F5

Issued in red-brown. The 'Y' in the top description is positioned to the left and touches the '4' in '1854'. No evidence of the circle of pearls on the top left corner. Known used with a forged Small Baeza circular date stamp.


Gooding #1F6
Earee Second Forgery (Page 207)

Lithographed in orange-red, much the color of the genuine, on rather stout, very hard yellowish white wove paper. The figures '185' of the date are all barely half of the height of 'CORREOS Y', and the '4' is still smaller; so that the whole date seems to be sloping down to the right, instead of level. The 's' of 'Cs ' is like a '5'. The trefoil-ornaments on the coronet are very small, and only two of them show the ring in the center. The coils of hair at the back of the head are extremely faint and indistinct; there appears to be three of them. The ink does not stand out at all from the surface of the paper. (Same die as Gooding #2F8).

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Gooding #1F7

Issued in red-brown. Letters and numbers at top are of even size. 'FRANCO' is very far from left margin and the 's' in 'Cs' is away from the right margin. A crude forgery. Known with a bogus circular cancel, showing a mirror image of '5' in the centre.


Gooding #1F8

A rather crude forgery on very thin (0.035mm) paper in soft blue. The '5' of '1854' resembles a '3'. 'FRANCO' is too far from the left margin. '5' of '5 Cs' is crude and also resembles a '3'; and the 'C' is broken at the bottom with no upward curve.

(Provenance: Carl Walske Collection)


Gooding #1F9

Very crude forgery issued in yellow-orange. Lettering on top margin is small, in particular the 'C' and 'O' of 'CORREOS'. The '5' of '1854' is much smaller than the other numbers. The coronets on the crown are over-inked. Known used with bogus Large Square Dotted cancellation.


Gooding #1F10

Printed in black on salmon coloured paper. The 'F' of 'FRANCO' is distant from the left side and has a small dot in the bottom half of the vertical stroke. The upper line of '5' in '5 Cs' is short. Used with bogus cancel.


Gooding #1F11

Printed in yellow-orange. Lettering on top and bottom tablets printed low, almost touching the bottom frame line. The vertical staff of the '5' in '5 Cs' is short and slanted right. The spacing between the letters of 'FRAN' in 'FRANCO' are farther apart than the other letters.


Gooding #1F12

Crude forgery printed in deep salmon, inconsistent colour compared to the genuine stamps issued in shades of orange. Even small lettering on top and bottom tablets. The '5' in '1854' resembles an 'S'.


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