May 8, 1872
16-Centimos de Peseta
Jean de Sperati Forgery. A dangerous forgery. There is a weakness in the background caused by a broken horizontal frame line to the right of the beard and opposite the final ‘A’ of ‘PESETA’. In the second "R" of "CORREOS" there are three white spots in the head and one in the tail and in the "S" there are three white spots in the belly. In the "P" of "FILIPINAS" there is a white spot at the top of the loop and another where the loop joins the upright, there is a white spot in the head of the "A" and a white spot in the bottomr right of the "S" in which there are two indentations at foot. There are flaws in the lower frame line below the second and third ‘I’ and the ‘N’ of ‘FILIPINAS’.
Forgery issued in Grey. Stamp exists with Perforation 10 compared to Perforation 14 in the genuine stamp. The bottom curve of the 'C' in 'CORREOS' ends in a point differing from the top curve. The second 'R' in 'CORREOS' is larger and the downward stoke is less curved than the genuine. The dashes around the borders are crude and wider spaced. The value is single-lined compared to being double-lined in the genuine. The horizontal line in 'A' of 'FILIPINAS' is broken and does not touch the vertical stroke on the left side.
Issued in Blue with no margins, appearing to be imperforated. There are no values in the value vertical tablets. The bottom curve of the 'C' in 'CORREOS' ends in a point differing from the top curve. The dashes around the borders are crude and wider spaced. Exists with cork cancellation.
The vertical inner border lines extend to the top of the outer border. There are horizontal lines in the upper corners. The ‘1’ of ‘16’ has no vertical staff and there is no period after ‘CENTS’. Forged ‘Correos Union’ cancel postmarked January 21, 1872 (over three months before stamps were placed on sale).
A crude imperforate forgery in black. First ‘R’ in ‘CORREOS’ is close to the ‘O’ and lower than the other letters. Over shading below left eye. Borders are crooked and letters are slanted and of poor quality. Erratic, non-uniformed lines in each corner.
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