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

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Liberia #1 is printed on thick paper. #13 is printed on thinner paper. #7 is printed on paper even thinner than #13, but it is easily recognized by the extra frame line around the stamp. Most stamps of this design that are not #7 with the extra frame line, and are thicker than .0032" are #1's. Most thinner than .0032" are #13, but there is some overlap. Liberia's first issues really need expertization.

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1860, Liberia, Scott #1, Genuine

(1.) Perf 12. (2.) Thick paper. (3.) The bottom portion of the spear is not in line with the top portion. (4.) The top of the rock behind the figure is level with the top of the shoulder. (5.) Mizen boom reaches the circle. (6.) The spear point almost reaches the circle. (7.) The space between the top of the word "Liberia" and the shading below the seated figure measures .7 mm. (8.) Exp: R.Mackal cert. Notes:do. Ref: Earee.


1864, Liberia, Scott #7, Genuine

(1.) This example is perforated 11.5 x 12.5. (2.) There is an extra outer frame line 1 mm away from the other frame lines. (3.) The bottom portion of the spear is not in line with the top portion. (4.) The spear head is long and pointed and almost touches the circle. (5.) There are vertical wavy shading lines in the corner spandrels. (6.) Exp: APS cert.


1866, Liberia, Scott # 13, Genuine

(1.) Perf 12 x 11.75 (2.) Thin paper. (3.) There is no outer frame line as on #7. (4.) The bottom portion of the spear is not in line with the top portion. (5.) The spear head is long and pointed and almost touches the circle. (6.) There are vertical wavy shading lines in the corner spandrels. (7.) Exp: APS cert.