A comparison of the genuine and forged examples
of first issue stamps from selected countries

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(1.) Stamps of the first issue (1871) were printed in sheets of fifteen, 5 rows x 3 columns. (2.) Lithographed. (3.) Each stamp was individually rendered on the printing stone, causing each plate position to be unique. (4.) In the first issue (1871), #1-4 the inner and outer circles are both composed of uniform dots, #2A, #3A and #4A are both composed of random dots, and #5, #6, and #7 have the outer circle composed of dots and the inner circle a solid line.

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1871 Afghanistan #1, Genuine

(1.) This is the newly discovered #1 of Afghanistan. The diameter of the outer circle is 30-mm. The former #2 continues unchanged as #2. It has a diameter of 28-mm at the outer circle. (2.) The inner circle and the outer circle are both composed by uniformly spaced dots. (3.) The denomination, 1 shahi, is located within the inner circle, over the tiger's head. (4.) The date, the Moslem year "1288", (which corresponds to 1871), is located between the inner circle and the outer circle, to the right of the Tiger's Head. The characters which form it resemble our figure "1" first, then a backwards numeral "7", and lastly two inverted "v"s. The final inverted "v" is about in a straight line from the tiger's eyes toward the right. This date is placed reading up. (5.) The torn out piece at the bottom of the stamp is the prescribed method of cancellation used by Afghanistan at that time. It is not a defect. (6.) Exp: do. Ref: Scott catalog and other articles.