Queen Isabella II
5-Cuartos – Cabeza Grande (Large Head)
Jean de Sperati Forgery. Photo-Lithographed forgery closely resembling the first variety. Stamp color is bright red, dull red or dull pink. The paper is a little harder and somewhat thinner than the genuine. On the inner frame line at top there is a dot above the 'S' of 'CORREOS'. The frame lines above the '1' in '1854' are joined by a diagonal colored stroke. Small colored dot between the frame lines above the '4' in '1854'. No period or Stop after the date '55'. Diagonal stroke of color in the right frame line 5mm from the top and this frame line is largely retouched in the negative. Bottom serif of 'F' in 'FRANCO' is curved. Die proofs exist in black and in color as well as unused and used reproductions. Some copies are known with a 'Sperati Reproduction' handstamp in purple on the back.
The 'O' in 'CORREOS' is broken at the top left corner. The 'E'
in 'CORREOS' is broken at the base line. The 'S' in 'CORREOS' is tall and
slender with very small loop on top.
Oswald Shröder Forgery. Lithographed in
Coarse imitation and easily identifiable. The First 'R' in 'CORREOS' has thin downward stroke. Second 'R' is broken at the bottom of the downward stroke. Bottom loop in the first '5' in '55' is broken. Broken frame line below first '5' in '55'. The 'R' in 'FRANCO' has thin downward stroke and is broken at the bottom. The right serif of the 'N' is broken on the right upright. Top curve in 'C' is broken. Frame line is broken on the right side of the value tablet. Horizontal line at the top of the right spandrel is missing. Circles of pearls are very crude, resembling parallel dashes.
The 'C' in 'CORREOS' is broad with a wide loop at the bottom and the second 'R' has a small head and the right downward leg is to the right of the head. There is a wide space between the 'E' and 'O'. The horizontal line of '5' in '1854' ends in a dot, giving the appearance of it slanting downward. The top horizontal line in the second '5' in '55' is wavy and the bottom loop touches the frame line. Lettering in 'FRANCO' is thin.
Jean de Sperati Forgery. Photo-Lithographed forgery closely resembling the second variety. Stamp color is bright red. The paper is a little harder and somewhat thinner than the genuine. There are several major flaws in 'CORREOS'. The bottom serif of 'C' is curved. There is a break in the first 'O' at . The first 'R' has two indentations in the head and a white spot in the loop. In the '1854' year date, the '1' has an indentation at the foot. The '5' has a break in the upper side of the loop, a dot in the lower part and the end of the figure terminates with a dot. Upper right corner is broken. The are several major flaws in 'FRANCO'. Two white dots in 'R', one in the loop and one in the tail. The upright of the 'N' is broken from the diagonal and the right serif is broken from the right upright. Break in the circular frame line at right, 9mm from the foot of the stamp. Semi-circular scratch below the front of the neck which breaks the circular frame line and horizontal frame line below, runs through the lead of the '5' and breaks the frame line below. Die proofs exist in black and in color as well as unused and used reproductions. Some copies are known with a 'Sperati Reproduction' handstamp on the back.
The bottom part of the 'C' in 'CORREOS' consists of a straight line with no curve. The top horizontal line in '5' of '1854' is thin. The top of the '4' is thick. Serifs in '55' do not incline upward and are away from the upper line. The left vertical line in 'N' of 'FRANCO' is bent at the top. The bottom curve of the 'C' in 'FRANCO' is very thin, ending with in a large dot. The second horizontal line in the lower right spandrel is short and does not touch the right frame line. Largest Known Multiple: Used Horizontal Pair (Nigel Gooding collection).
The 'C' in 'CORREOS' is rounded and almost closed. The '4' of '1854' is small, with the vertical line somewhat curved. The 'Y' is taller compared to the numerals either side. The numbers '55' are small and the serifs do not incline upward and are away from the upper line. The 'N' in 'FRANCO' is broken at the top left corner. The horizontal serif at the top of the '5' is wavy. (Refer to Gooding #6F17 for additional forgery with same die)
A crude forgery and easily identifiable. All letters and numerals are embossed. Circle of pearls are generally joined, appearing as a continuous chain instead of individual circles.
The 'C' of 'CORREOS' is away from the left margin and the bottom stroke of the second 'R' touches the 'E'. Horizontal staff in second '5' in '55' has a short vertical line on the right side. Top left corner of the 'R' in 'FRANCO' is broken. The 's' in 'Cs' is not very curved at appears as a '5'. Largest Known Multiple: Unused Block of 4 (Nigel Gooding collection).
The 'C' of 'CORREOS' is away from the left margin and there is a larger than normal gap between the 'O'. The '4' of '1854' is narrow and the horizontal line does not extend past the vertical stroke. The right vertical line in 'N' of 'FRANCO' is thin and it ends in a blob at the top.
A rather crude forgery in orange. All the letters and numbers are large and of even size. None of the horizontal lines touch the outer circle or the vertical borders. The pearls are non-existent and are replaced with double lined dashes. Known used with circle of dots cancellation.
The ‘E’ in ‘CORREOS’ is malformed, with thick vertical line and virtually no centre line. The ‘5’ in ‘1854’ has a very short top horizontal line. The circle of pearls is not consistent, with quite a few pearls omitted providing gaps between pearls. The diagonal line in ‘N’ of ‘FRANCO’ is very thick. The top horizontal line of ‘5’ ends in a blob and touches the line above it. The ‘C’ in ‘Cs’ is tall and touches the lines above and below.
Very crude and easily identifiable forgery printed in pale red (Imperforate and Perforated) and dark green (Perforated). Circle of pearls appears as double lined dashes. None of the lines in the spandrels touch the inner circle or outer frame lines. Perforated stamps are most probably roulette). All with bogus cancellations.
A dangerous forgery. The ‘C’ in ‘CORREOS’ is taller than the other letters. The ‘O’ in ‘FRANCO’ is very rounded compared to a more oblong shape in the genuine stamps. The solid circle is not broken by the labels at the top and bottom. There are too many horizontal lines in each corner around the circle of pearls. Known used with bogus Parilla cancel.
A very dangerous forgery that closely resembles the second variety. The circle of pearls on the top right corner are formed of dashes. The coronets are blotchy. Printed in dark red on hard card stock. Known used with bogus large circle of dots cancellation.
A crude forgery issued in blue-grey (instead of vermilion) and with a value of 10-Cuartos (instead of 5-Cuartos on the issued stamp). The circle of pearls is formed of a solid line on either side of the Queen’s bust. The ‘Y’ is larger than the ‘1854’ and ‘55’. Known used with bogus Circular Date Cancellation. (Refer to Gooding #6F8 for additional forgery with same die)
A dangerous forgery in vermillion/salmon. The stamp measures 19½mm x 22mm and most closely resembles the fourth variety of this issue. There are only 8 lines on upper left of the spandrel compared to 9 in the normal issue; and only 8 on the lower left of the spandrel compared to 10 in the normal issue. The top of ‘5’ in ‘1854’ ends in large dot and almost touches to top frame line. There is virtually no space between the ‘Y’ and ‘1854’ and ‘55’.
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