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

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Australian State, New South Wales, Genuine« Back


1850 New South Wales, #1, No clouds, Genuine, Each stamp was individually engraved by hand producing 25 types.

(1.) Yellowish wove paper. (2.) Finely engraved. (3.) Some, not all, examples have a paper-maker's watermark. (4.) No shading, representing clouds, in the sky. (5.) The oblique white lines in the side frames are fairly thin and not "wedge" shaped. (6.) Down each side of the stamp, inside the columns with the oblique white lines, there is a strip of lattice-work, interrupted by the central circle. (7.) There is an almost perfect diamond at the top of the lattice-work in the right upper corner. (8.) The top of the lattice-work in the left upper corner has an imperfect diamond, and half of another squeezed in beside it. (9.) All the types of the genuine which have a perfect diamond at the top of the right column, have parts of two diamonds at the top of the left column. (10.) The spire of the church points either to the center of the "T" of "postage" above it, or slightly to the left, but never to the right, in any of the types of the genuine. (11.) This must be particularily noted as an easy test. (12.) There is a star, or asterisk, at the top of the lettered circle. This star is exactly under the "T" of "postage" in all the types of the genuine. (13.) The long ray of the star pointing to the center of the stamp in the lower left corner is not doubled in any of the types of the genuine. (14.) Exp: APS certificate. (15.) Notes: do. (16.) Ref: Rev. Earee.