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

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Scott catalog gives a gauge of 12.5 for genuine Cook Islands #1-8. I am consistently measuring 12.8 or 12.9. Can any one comment on this?

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1892, Cook Islands, #1, Genuine

(1.) Perf 12.8. (2.) Toned paper. (3.) Break in the bottom frame line approximately 1.3 mm wide at the left corner. (4.) Another break in the bottom frame line approximately 1 mm wide directly below the vertical stroke of "E" of one. (5.) Several smaller breaks of about .1 mm to .2 mm, 3 or 4 in the bottom frame line, and 3 or 4 in the right side frame line. (6.) There is an offset about half the width of the line in the right side frame line 4 mm up from the bottom. (7.) The letters in "POSTAGE" are about 2 mm high. (8.) The inner part of the frame is composed of short lines, each with a sort of tear drop at the end. There are 26 of these on top, 26 on the bottom, 32 on the right side, and 32 on the left. (9.) Exp:do. Ref: F. Aretz.


1892, Cook Islands, #5, Genuine

(1.) Perf 12.8. (2.) White paper. 3.) All the same characteristics of #1 above but printed on white paper. (4.) Exp:do. Ref: Scott catalog.