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[*] posted on 8/1/2004 at 23:24
How to tell the genuine Libau overprints?


There are two LIBAU overprints that appeared on the ebay. I got burned on those at least once so I am hoping somebody could tell me how to spot a genuine one. Thanks a lot. Here are the numbers:5510737311, 5510737390. I am attaching a picture of one of them.

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[*] posted on 8/8/2004 at 12:37


This is a similiar example. The cancellation is clearly over the overprint. Does it mean it is genuine???

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[*] posted on 8/8/2004 at 12:38


And here is a clearly fake one. The cancellation is from Dusseldorf (?)

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[*] posted on 8/8/2004 at 12:43


Is the cancellation "Deutsche Feldpost 168" geuine? Was it used only in Libau?
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[*] posted on 8/11/2004 at 18:46


More of those Libau overprints appeared on e-bay: 5513492360, 5513492661, 5513492835, 5513493163, 5513493374 all bearing the same type cancellation.
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[*] posted on 8/13/2004 at 13:53


There is a strong probability that these are bad. The vast majority of the LIBAU overprints have been expertized. One can tell by the angle of the overprint, the size and style of the lettering and the ink used. There is an experterizer in Michel whose name I can give you if you email me. If the stamps are not already expertized, I would not take the chance.:(
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[*] posted on 8/13/2004 at 16:02


Thanks, msmike. What about the cancellation, was it used on genuine stamps or only on forged ones, or both?
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[*] posted on 8/16/2004 at 16:08


To answer my own question, this cancellation has been used on both genuine and forged stamps, according to Billig's at least.
In the illustrated case, however, it appears that the overprint is on top of the cancellation. Another paradox. Did the forger screw up or this cancellation was applied as a favor on unoverprinted stamps???
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