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For many years, the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue (Commonwealth and Empire Stamps 1840 to 1970) has shown an error that has likely confused many and will continue to do so until S.G. make the change.

Under the 1896 Cape of Good Hope overprints (SG 58-64) there is a comment that reads: 

"Forgeries of this overprint show a narrow final "A" in "AFRICA" and have a rectangular full stop.  On the genuine overprint both "As" are the same and the stop is oval."

It should read:

"There are numerous and varied forgeries of this overprint, the most common of which shows narrow "As" (both "As" in "AFRICA" and the "A" of "COMPANY" and has a rectangular full stop. On the genuine overprint the full stop is oval." 

Cape-forgery

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel; the lettering is too thin and resembles more the style of a CTO from that period.  Overprint genuine.  

 

 

 

 

Cog12a

A fake BULAWAYO cancel.  The font style is not compatible with the genuine.  Overprint genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog012b

 

A crude, forged BULAWAYO cancel.  The font style is not compatible with the genuine.  Overprint genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog012c

A crude and recent forged cancel of computer or zinco origin.  Spotted on eBay in October, 2015.  The overprint is genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

Same as above.  Overprint genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1b

The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'UT', it is known as Earee's First Forgery.  The cancel is forged.

First reported in The Philatelist's Supplement to the Bazaar, 31 March 1897, p 93. (Source: Rhodesia: The Second Bulawayo Provisional Issue of 1896 by Colin Hoffman, published by The London Philatelist, Sept-Oct, 1986, Volume 95, pages 160 - 170).

 Cog1c

A crude and recent forged cancel of computer or zinco origin.  Spotted on eBay in October, 2015.  The overprint is genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1d

Overprint genuine.  One of a large stash of violet BULAWAYO cancels with the OC 8 96 date and found on a whole range of early BSAC material. 

Research undertaken in 2015 seems to suggest that the canceler used is most likely genuine, but back-dated to reflect a period of one week when rare, genuine usage of purple/violet ink was used on postal cancels. An opportunistic (monetary gain) 'favor' for the philatelic trade is the most plausible  motive.

cog2

A bizarre forged overprint over a Cape of Good Hope postal cancel.  Not attributed to any known forger at this time.  For documentation purposes, we will refer to it as 'CJR-3 Forgery'. 

 

 

 

 

 Cog2a

A crude and recent forged cancel of computer or zinco origin.  Spotted on eBay in October, 2015.  The overprint is genuine.  Same as near top of page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A crude BULAWAYO forged cancel.  Overprint is genuine.  Offered as genuine on eBay in October 2012. 

 

 

 

 

 

Cog3a

Known as the Fournier "F3" forgery.  The type is noticeably larger and there is no period (full stop) after COMPANY.  Nearly always found over Cape of Good Hope postal cancels.

 

 

 

 

 Cog3b

A SALISBURY cancel.  Suspect a philatelic 'by favor'.  Further investigation needed.  Overprint genuine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog3c

 

The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over the 'U' of SOUTH, it is known as Fournier's "F1" Forgery.  The cancel is forged.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog3d

A crude and recent forged cancel of computer or zinco origin.  Spotted on eBay in October, 2015.  The overprint is genuine.  Same as near top of page.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog3e

 

Forged cancels.  Genuine overprint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog3f

 

A bizarre forged overprint over a Cape of Good Hope postal cancel.  Extremely crude lettering.  Not attributed to any known forger at this time.  For documentation purposes, we will refer to it as 'CJR-2 Forgery'. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog3g

 

Overprint genuine.  A "Madame Joseph" forgery: REGISTERED BULAWAYO (JA 10 11).  Note the partially cleaned fiscal cancel.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cog4

Known as the Fournier "F3" forgery.  The type is noticeably larger and there is no period (full stop) after COMPANY.  Nearly always found over Cape of Good Hope postal cancels.

 

 

 

 

 Cog4a

A forged 'double' overprint with COMPANY missing.  A fantasy piece on a Cape of Good Hope postal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog4aa

 

A forged overprint with COMPANY missing.  A fantasy piece and the same cancel as above - only single strike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog4b

The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'T', it is known as Earee's Second Forgery.  The cancel is a forged BULAWAYO.

 

 

 

 

 Cog4c

A SALISBURY cancel.  Suspect a philatelic 'by favor'.  Further investigation needed.  Overprint genuine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog4d

A bizarre forged overprint over a Cape of Good Hope postal cancel.  Not attributed to any known forger at this time.  For documentation purposes, we will refer to it as 'CJR-2 Forgery'.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog4e

 

A crude and recent forged cancel of computer or zinco origin.  Spotted on eBay in October, 2015.  The overprint is genuine.  Same as near top of page.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog4f

 

An overprint forgery (the gap between 'M' and 'P' of COMPANY too wide); the overprint is slanted on the stamp.  It is of unknown origin, but for documentation purposes, we will refer to it as 'CJR-4 Forgery'.  Always found so far over a Cape of Good Hope postal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

cogs6

A crude GWELO, MATABELELAND forged cancel.  Offered as genuine on eBay in October 2012.  Overprint is genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog6a

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.  The font is too spindly.  Similar to near the top of the page.  Overprint genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog6b

 

Overprint genuine.  One of a large stash of violet BULAWAYO cancels with the OC 8 96 date and found on a whole range of early BSAC material. 

Research undertaken in 2015 seems to suggest that the canceler used is most likely genuine, but back-dated to reflect a period of one week when rare, genuine usage of purple/violet ink was used on postal cancels. An opportunistic 'favor' for the philatelic trade is the most plausible  motive.

 

 Cog6c

 

Known as the Fournier "F2" forgery.  The period (full stop) after COMPANY is round (not oval) and positioned higher than the normal.  Nearly always found over Cape of Good Hope postal cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog6ca

Known as the Fournier "F2" forgery.  The period (full stop) after COMPANY is round (not oval) and positioned higher than the normal.  Nearly always found over Cape of Good Hope postal cancels.  Same forgery as above.

 

 

 

 Cog6d

 

Overprint genuine.  A forged BULAWAYO cancel normally found with JU 15.  The lettering is too spindly.   The same as near the top.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog6e

 

Known as the Fournier "F2" forgery.  The period (full stop) after COMPANY is round (not oval) and positioned higher than the normal.  Nearly always found over Cape of Good Hope postal cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

cog1s

A fake BULAWAYO cancel.  The lettering is all wrong. Same forgery as above.   The overprint is genuine.
 

 

 

 

 

cog1sa

 

A dubious cancel (so many of this type of cancel are covering a cleaned fiscal cancel).  The overprint looks genuine (more viscous inking). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Known as the Fournier "F2" forgery.  The period (full stop) after COMPANY is round (not oval) and positioned higher than the normal.  Nearly always found over Cape of Good Hope postal cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

cog1sc

 

A very fake BULAWAYO cancel over what looks like a cleaned fiscal.  The overprint is genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

Cog1sd

 

A very fake BULAWAYO cancel over what looks like a cleaned fiscal.  The overprint is genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The overprint is genuine.  The SALISBURY cancel is telegraphic.  With an unusually late cancel date of 1905, there must be an interesting story behind how it got there.

 

 

 

 

Cog1sf

The common LOMOGUNDI forgery - always with the same date: 18 MY 98.  The 'Narrow A' overprint forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'UT', it is known as Earee's First Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sfa

 

The 'Narrow A' overprint forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'OU', it is of unknown origin, but for documentation purposes, we will refer to it as 'CJR-1 Forgery'.  Always with a Cape of Good Hope postal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sfb

 The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'UT', it is known as Earee's First Forgery.  The cancel is a forged (most likely BULAWAYO).  First reported in The Philatelist's Supplement to the Bazaar, 31 March 1897, p 93. (Source: Rhodesia: The Second Bulawayo Provisional Issue of 1896 by Colin Hoffman, published by The London Philatelist, Sept-Oct, 1986, Volume 95, pages 160 - 170).

 

 Cog1sfc

The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'UT', it is known as Earee's First Forgery.  The cancel is a forged.

 

 

 

 

 

Cog1sfd

Another 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'UT', it appears at first sight to be Earee's First Forgery.  However, the 2nd "I" of BRITISH is directly over the "A" of AFRICA, and the period (full stop) is higher than Earee's First.  For documentation purposes, we will refer to it as 'CJR-4 Forgery'.  The overprint is over a Cape of Good Hope postal cancel.

 

Cog1sfe

 

The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'U', it is known as Fournier's "F1" Forgery.  The cancel is a forged BULAWAYO.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sff

The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'U', it is known as Fournier's "F1" Forgery.  The cancel is forged.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sfg

The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  
With the 'B' over 'U', it is known as Fournier's "F1" Forgery.  The cancel is forged.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sfh

The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  
With the 'B' over 'U', it is known as Fournier's "F1" Forgery.  

 

 

 

 

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel on a genuine overprint (see REF # Cog012 at top of page).  Offered as genuine at a British auction house in November, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sga

A forged BULAWAYO cancel on a genuine overprint (see REF # Cog1sg above).  So many of the 1/- values were used for fiscal purposes and subsequently cleaned for the philatelic trade.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sgb

 

Overprint genuine.  Another forged BULAWAYO cancel - most likely over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sh

A non-descript forged cancel on a genuine overprint with heavier ink viscosity.  Suspect a cleaned fiscally-used stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sha

Same as the above and for the same reasons.  Overprint genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sj

A forged UMTALI cancel.  Overprint genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sk

Suspect a philatelic 'by favor'.  Further investigation needed.  Overprint genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1ska

 

Suspect a philatelic 'by favor'.  Further investigation needed.  Overprint genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1skb

 

Suspect a philatelic 'by favor'.  Further investigation needed.  Overprint genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sm

A forged overprint over a Cape of Good Hope postal cancel.  With 'Narrow A's' but not fitting into either of Earee's First or Second Forgeries or Fournier's "F1 Forgery".  In this case, the 'B' is over the 'OU'.  For documentation purposes, we will refer to it as 'CJR-1 Forgery'.  The width of the overprint is visibly smaller than the geunine.

 

 

 Cog1sn

 

A forged overprint over a Cape of Good Hope postal cancel.  With 'Narrow A's' but not fitting into either of Earee's First or Second Forgeries or Fournier's "F1 Forgery".  In this case, the 'B' is over the 'OU'.  For documentation purposes, we will refer to it as 'CJR-1 Forgery'.  The width of the overprint is visibly smaller than the geunine.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sp

A crude and recent forged cancel of computer or zinco origin.  Spotted on eBay in October, 2015.  The overprint is genuine.  Same as near top of page.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1spa

 

A crude and recent forged cancel of computer or zinco origin offered on eBay by the same seller as above.  The overprint is genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cog1sq

Overprint genuine.  One of a large stash of violet BULAWAYO cancels with the OC 8 96 date and found on a whole range of early BSAC material. 

Research undertaken in 2015 seems to suggest that the canceler used is most likely genuine, but back-dated to reflect a period of one week when rare, genuine usage of purple/violet ink was used on postal cancels. An opportunistic 'favor' for the philatelic trade is the most plausible  motive.

 

 Cog1sr

 

The 'Narrow A' forgery (the A's of AFRICA & COMPANY are visibly narrower than the genuine).  With the 'B' over 'T', it is known as Earee's Second Forgery.  The cancel is a forged BULAWAYO.