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Wartime fantial question

davpot - 3/20/2010 at 22:26

Greetings Group:
Im just wondering what the current catalog value is on this fantial stamp. (I need to get a new Liapin or other!)
Many thanks
stamp is nh.:hop

1944fantial.JPG - 43kB

GregMirsky - 3/21/2010 at 17:52

It is listed in Michel 2007 Specialized USSR Catalog (897Ur - MNH - 60 Euro, Used 40 Euro), and in Liapin 2009 Catalog (see note after 846 (page 253) - MNH - 500 Euro, Used - 300 Euro.).

Now the trick is... if it has horizontal screen - it is a fake made from Scott #959 Souvenir Sheet. If it has vertical screen - it is a real fantail.

See Rossica Journal 148 (Spring 2007), Flyspecker article (page 53) about fake fantails of this issue with examples.

davpot - 3/22/2010 at 00:24

I cant be certain, but the grain of the print seems to run vertically. Is there an easy way to tell? Thanks Hronik and Greg!

GregMirsky - 3/22/2010 at 13:50

If you email me scan of the stamp or it part (highest possible resolution on your scanner), I will be able to tell you.

davpot - 3/23/2010 at 00:23

Well, hee is that new post 244mb. I hope this will help me find my fake.....:lecture Thanks you guys!

1944fantail.JPG - 234kB

GregMirsky - 3/23/2010 at 17:31


It has clearly visible horizontal screen. Unfortunately it is fake. Keep it is as a nice reference.

davpot - 3/23/2010 at 20:10

Greg: Thanks! Why am I NOT surprised? It never occurred to me that this was the only stamp with a SS from the set! Almost a dead giveaway. Im sure forgery and chicanery were abundant during this period. When I thought about the stamp being alone of all the set, I had to think "In your heart you know he's a fake!" Arghhh....
thanks again you experts!