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

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(1.) Perfs run from 8.5 gauge to 11.5 gauge for #1-2. (per Scott Catalog).

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1884 Korea #1, Genuine

(1.) Perf 11.5 all around. (2.) The corners of the segments of the yin yang at the vertical dividing line at the center of the design are sharp and clear, and meet each other precisely at the points where they intersect. (3.) The balls at the upper and lower ends of the ornaments on each side of the stamp are large, and have an even space all around between themselves and the outer line of these ornaments. (4.) The entire design and printing are sharp and clear. (5.) The numeral "5" is well formed and the top if it is flat and level. (6.) The Mn is thick and has a larger diagonal bar than the forgery. (7.) The first figure on the left in the t at the bottom of the stamp has both a right arm and a left arm. (8.) Exp: do. Ref: Alden C. Johnson, "Forgeries Old and New".


1884 Korea #1, Genuine, 2nd example

(1.) Perf 9.75 x 10. (2.) The corners of the segments of the yin yang at the vertical dividing line at the center of the design are sharp and clear, and meet each other precisely at the points where they intersect. (3.) The balls at the upper and lower ends of the ornaments on each side of the stamp are large, and have an even space all around between themselves and the outer line of these ornaments. (4.) The entire design and printing are sharp and clear. (5.) The numeral "5" is well formed and the top if it is flat and level. (6.) The Mn is thick and has a larger diagonal bar than the forgery. (7.) The first figure on the left in the t at the bottom of the stamp has both a right arm and a left arm. (8.) Exp: do. Ref: Alden C. Johnson, "Forgeries Old and New".