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

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1856, Finland, Scott #1, Genuine

(1.) Small pearls in the post horns. (2.) Diamond shaped secret mark between the shield and the crown. (3.) Periods after the "5's" and the Russian "P's" are diamond shaped. (4.) All the stars are 5-pointed. (5.) Legs of the Russian letter "P" are joined at the top. (6.) The tail goes behind the middle star on the right. (7.) Exp: APS cert. Notes:do.


1958, Finland, Scott #3, Genuine

(1.) Large pearls in the post horns. The one in the left post horn seems about ready to fall out. (2.) Diamond shaped secret mark between the shield and the crown. (3.) Periods after the "5's" and the Russian "P's" are diamond shaped. (4.) All the stars are five pointed. (5.) Legs of the Russian "P" are joined at the top. (6.) The lions tail passes behind the middle star on the right. (7.) Exp: Jay Smith cert. Notes:do.


1856, Finland, Facit #FK8I, Cutout from Postal Stationary, Genuine

(1.) Small pearls in the post horns. (2. Printed on diagonally laid paper. (3.) Other identifying marks are all the same as #1 above. (4.) Exp:do.