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An eminent philatelist once noted that the higher denomination Rhodesia (BSAC) stamps with seeming, postally-used cancels need to be considered forged unless proven otherwise.  A small number of genuine CTO (Cancelled-To-Order) 'remainder' cancels exist as well as a handful of genuine, postally-used examples.  It should be stressed that these stamps were overwhelmingly used for fiscal purposes.  

As in the example to the left, an inked initial was often all that was used to fiscally cancel the stamp.  It did not take long for those early collecting enthusiasts as well as general opportunists to clean off the inked cancel and re-use the stamp, or offer the stamp to the philatelic market with a forged cancel.  One hundred years ago, these forgeries were mostly crude and therefore easy for our contemporary collectors to spot.  Realizing what was going on, the BSAC took to perfinating stamps used for fiscal purposes to prevent their re-use. 

Depending on the ink used, the outline of the fiscal cancel can sometimes be seen when the stamp is placed under ultraviolet light. 

We also find forged cancels on stamps that were not used for fiscal purposes - especially where a stamp had more value used than unused. 

Oneg1

 

An Oneglia Forgery.  Nearly always dated JY 20 92 with the GULUWAYO cancel.  Check my listings of all Oneglia forgeries from the menu bar on the left. 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the few Oneglia forgeries without the usual GULAWAYO cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

1004b

Another Oneglia forgery (fake stamp).

 

 

 

 

 

1005

 

This is a fiscal cancel, but could be passed off as postally used. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg2sa

An Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg2sb

An Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1005g

An added "cancel" - most likely on a mint stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1005m

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.  Note the larger space between the 9 and 5 of the year date.  The word RHODESIA did not appear on the BULAWAYO (SC) cancel until 1896. 

 

 

 

 

 

1005ma

The same cancel as above. 

 

 

 

 

 

1007

A forged SALISBURY cancel.  Note the 1891 date.  The SALISBURY (DC) 'crosses' cancel was first used in 1898.  Also, the D and E of DEC are too close together.

 

 

 

 

Oneg26b

An Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1008

The well-known INYANGA forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1008a

The well-known and very common LOMOGUNDI forgery. 

 

 

 

 

 

The same forgery as above, same date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.  Note the crude font style, especially the 'W'.

 

 

 

 

 

1008ca

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel.  Note the crude font style.

 

 

 

 

 

1008cb

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1008d

 

A forged SALISBURY cancel.  Note the crude font style, especially the 'M'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1008e

A forged DIAMOND "I" cancel over a very obvious cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

1008f

A crude, forged KOPJE cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.  This is a common forgery on B.S.A.C. Arms stamps.

 

 

 

 

1008fa

A crude, forged KOPJE, SALISBURY cancel.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

1008fb

The same KOPJE, SALISBURY forgery as above. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg5

An Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1008h

A forged HARTLEY cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.  

 

 

 

 

 

1008i

A non-descript, forged cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009

Another fake LOMOGUNDI cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009a

Another example of the LOMOGUNDI forgery.

Offered on eBay as genuine in August 2012.

 

 

 

 

1009b

Another example of the LOMOGUNDI forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1009ba

Another example of the LOMOGUNDI forgery. Offered on eBay as genuine in November, 2018. 

 

 

 

 

 

1009c

A crude, forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

1009d

Multiple forged BULAWAYO cancels over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009da

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscally-used cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1009e

A crude, forged SALISBURY cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009f

A crude, forged SALISBURY cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009g

A crude, forged SALISBURY cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009h

A crude, forged SALISBURY cancel (same as above).

 

 

 

 

 

1009ha

A crude, forged SALISBURY cancel (same as above).

 

 

 

 

 

1009i

 

A non-descript, forged cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009ia

Another non-descript, forged cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009ib

Another non-descript, forged cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009j

A non-descript cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1009k

A crude BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1009m

A forged BULAWAYO cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1009p

See the section on the '1896 Violet Forgeries'.  Though not 'forged' in the true sense of the word, there is sufficient reason to believe that this cancel was applied on hundreds of BSAC stamps "after the fact" (at a later date than OC 8 96) to perpetrate a massive swindle to mimick the rare purple cancel that was used on this day and the few days subsequent to it.

 

Oneg10a

 

An Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1009n

A forged KOPJE SALISBURY cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.  

 

 

 

 

1010a

 A fiscally canceled item with a forged BULAWAYO, RHODESIA (SC) cancel over it.

 

 

 

 

1010aa

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

2005

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.

1010ac

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010ad

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 1010ada

The same forged cancal as above.  Looks like a crude imitation of the CTO cancel found on this stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010ae

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.  This stamp has a Brandon Certificate stating 'genuine'.  However, the cancel is a forgery - not stated on the certificate.

 

 

 

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010ag

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010ah

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010ai

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010aj

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1010ak

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal. 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal.
1010ay

A forged SALISBURY cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010az

A crude, forged SALISBURY cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An obscure, illegible cancel but most likely the common SALISBURY, MASHONALAND forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1010ba

A forged SALISBURY cancel - probably the most common of all the forged cancels.

 

 

 

 

Another forged SALISBURY cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another forged SALISBURY cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another forged (SALISBURY) MASHONALAND cancel over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

1010be

Same as above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010bf

Another forged SALISBURY cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010bg

Another forged SALISBURY cancel over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010bh

Another forged SALISBURY cancel over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

2004

Another forged SALISBURY cancel.

1010c

Town unrecognizable as a Rhodesia cancel.  Must be considered forged.

 

 

 

 

 

A blurred forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1010cb

A blurred forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010cc

A couple of blurred cancels over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same kind of non-descript cancel as above. 

 

 

 

 

 

1010e

A forged REGISTERED (A) cancel.  The letters are crudely formed.

 

 

 

 

 

1010ea

Same forgery as above.  Offered as genuine at a Canadian auction house in November 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

1010f

 

Not as crude as the above, but should not be considered genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

1010g

The forged ENKELDOORN cancel more commonly found on the 2d Double Head SG 127.

 

 

 

 

 

1010ga

A blurred, non-descript forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009

Another blurred, non-descript forgery.

1010gb

The common LOMOGUNDI forgery.

 

 

 

1010gc

The common LOMOGUNDI forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010gd

The common LOMOGUNDI forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010ge

The common LOMOGUNDI forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010h

A non-descript, illegible forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same as above.  Offered as genuine on eBay in September 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

1010hb

A blurred forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010hc

 

A blurred forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010hd

A blurred forgery over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010he

A blurred forgery over a cleaned fiscal. Offered on eBay as genuine in November, 2018. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010i

 

A forged BULAWAYO, MATABELELAND cancel.  Note how the cancel is often indistinct and crude. 

 

 

 

 

 

1010if

A forged CHINSALI, N. E. RHODESIA cancel - most likely over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.  

 

 

 

 

1010it

A forged HARTLEY cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1010j

 

The well-known FRANCESTOWN, S.AFRICA forgery (FE 7 91).

 

 

 

 

 

1010ja

The same forged cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

1010jb

The same forged cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

A crude BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

  

The KOPJE forged cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1010na

The same forgery as above.

 

 

 

 

 

1010nb

The same forgery as above.

 

 

 

 

 

1010nc

The same forgery as above.

 

 

 

 

 

One of those blurry, nondescript forgeries.

 

 

 

 

 

1010oa

One of those blurry, nondescript forgeries over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

1010ob

One of those blurry, nondescript forgeries over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010oc

One of those blurry, nondescript forgeries over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010oz

A SALISBURY forged cancel over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010p

More commonly found on the higher values, the SALISBURY, MASHONALAND forgery.

 

 

 

 

A SALISBURY forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1010pb

A SALISBURY forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1010pc

A couple of forged cancels over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010pd

A couple of forged cancels over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

1010pe

A couple of forged cancels over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1010qf

A forged UMTALI cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

A non-descript cancel of unknown origin - not necessarily RHODESIA.

 

 

 

 

1010rb

A non-descript cancel of unknown origin - not necessarily RHODESIA.

 

 

 

 

 1010rb

A non-descript cancel of unknown origin - not necessarily RHODESIA.  Seems to show a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010rc 

A non-descript cancel of unknown origin - not necessarily RHODESIA.  Resembles a possible fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1010rd

A non-descript cancel of unknown origin - not necessarily RHODESIA over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010re

A couple of crude, forged cancels over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010rf

A couple of crude, forged cancels over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010s

Another of those non-descript forged cancels.  Offered as genuine by a well-known US Auction House in Oct. 2012.

 

 

 

 

1010sa

Another of those non-descript forged cancels. 

 

 

 

 

 

1010sb

Another of those crude non-descript forged cancels.  

 

 

 

 

 

1010sc

Another of those crude non-descript forged cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010sd

A forged GWELO cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010t

A crude BULAWAYO forgery.  The same forgery as # 1012r further down.  Offered as genuine on eBay September 2012.

 

 

 

 

1010ta

A crude BULAWAYO forgery trying to appear as a canceled to order (CTO) cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1010tb

The same cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010tc

This is a genuine BULUWAYO cancel that has been seen on a number similar high value stamps (same date).  The fact that there was a fiscal cancel underneath suggests a "by favor" undertaking for the philatelic market.

 

 

 

1010td

The same cancel as above, same date.

 

 

 

 

1010ti

A couple of forged BULAWAYO cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

1010u

A crude BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.  Offered as genuine at a Brtisih auction house in November, 2013.

 

 

 

 

1010uc

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1010ud

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1010ue

A forged cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1010us

An unconvincing violet TULI cancel.  Further examination is encouraged, especially for the presence of fiscal cancel remnants.

 

 

 

 

 

1010v

 

A typical forged 'Barred Diamond' cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010va

A typical forged 'Barred Diamond' cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1010vb

Another forged 'Barred Diamond' cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010vc

Another forged 'Barred Diamond' cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1010vd

Another forged 'Barred Diamond' cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010ve

Another forged 'Barred Diamond' cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

1010vf

Another forged 'Barred Diamond' cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010vg

Another forged 'Barred Diamond' cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010vz

 

A conglomeration of forged and fiscal cancels over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1010w

A conglomeration of forged and fiscal cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

The well-known, forged KASAMA cancel.  Note the date: NO 1 01.  

 

 

 

 

 

1010wk

A forged SELUKWE cancel over a clearly visible cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

  

1010wm

A forged UMTALI cancel over a clearly visible cleaned fiscal.  This cancel is a very close approximation to the genuine CTO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1010x

An Oneglia forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg1p

An Oneglia forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg1pa

An Oneglia forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1011a

A very good KALUNGUISI forgery, but lacking the sharpness of the genuine.

 

 

 

 

 

1011ad

A crude CHINSALI forgery showing the middle horizontal line on the 'E' of N.E. as centrally positioned.  On the genuine, the line is closer to the top.

 

 

 

 

1011b

A genuine fiscal cancel that could be passed off as a postal cancel.

 

 

 

 

1011ca

A crude, forged UMTALI cancel over what is likely a fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1011cb

The same forged UMTALI cancel over a cleaned fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1011d

A rather crude SALISBURY forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1011f

This has got to be the crudest BULAWAYO cancel in existence!

 

 

 

 

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1011faa

The same cancel as above over a fiscal (perfin) cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1011fb

Another very crude BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1011fz

The same cancel asabove over a fiscal (perfin) cancel.

 

 

 

 

1011g

A BULAWAYO forgery over a fiscally used stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

1011ga

The same forgery as above.  Note the same date: 16 JU xx.  Offered as genuine by a well-known US auction house in Oct. 2012. 

 

 

 

 

1011gb

A crude BULAWAYO cancel.  Font style all wrong. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011gc

A forged BOULAWYO cancel. Note the wrong spelling of "BOU..." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011h

A crude forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

1011ha

 

Note the spelling of 'BULUWAYO' (instead of BULAWAYO).  Though found on other BSAC stamps, this spelling was not found on this style of cancel. 

 

 

 

 

1011hb

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.  This cancel appears to be a modern-day computer generated forgery using photo editing software.

 

 

 

 

1011hc

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel.  

 

 

 

 

1011hd

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1011i

An obscure forged cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

The ENKELDOORN forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1011j

The well-known KALOMO STATION cancel appears on a wide range of BSAC material.

 

 

 

 

1011k

A fiscally-used stamp glued onto a 'piece' and canceled with a genuine FORT JAMESON cancel.  The fact that there was a fiscal cancel underneath suggests a "by favor" undertaking for the philatelic market.

 

 

1011kl

Same scenario as the stamp above, same date.

 

 

 

 

 

1011m

The same cancel as above (same date). So many of these high value forgeries/by favors are found 'on piece'.

 

 

 

1011ma

A crude ABERCORN forged cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011mg

A genuine BROKEN HILL cancel.  The fact that it is on a fiscally-used stamp would suggest that the cancel is 'by favor' for the philatelic trade.

 

 

 

 

1011n

One of the most common of the forgeries, this cancel is found on all the high value Arms issues.

 

 

 

 

1011na

Here is the same cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

 1011nb

And another of the same (over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel).

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011nc

And another of the same (over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel).

 

 

 

 

 

1011nd

And another of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 1011ne

And another of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

1011o

And another of the same.

 

 

 

 

1011oa

And another of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

1011p

And another of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

And another of the same!

 

 

 

 

 

1011paa

And another of the same!

 

 

 

 

 

1011pab

And another of the same!

 

 

 

 

 

1011pb

 

A crude SALISBURY forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011pba

A crude SALISBURY forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1011pc

The same cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

1011pd

Another crude SALISBURY cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011pe

Another crude SALISBURY cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011pf

Another crude SALISBURY cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011pz

Faint, but just recognizable as the Madame Joseph REGISTERED BULAWAYO forgery.  See below for further examples.

 

 

 

 

1011q

A 'Madame Joseph' forgery with the tell-tale JA 10 11 date. 

 

 

 

 

A highly dubious cancel that does not have the sharpness of the genuine.  

 

 

 

 

1011qb

Another dubious cancel that would require authentication.

 

 

 

 

1011qc

The cancel looks okay.  Most likely "by favor" over a cleaned fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1011r

A good example of the KASAMA forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1011rj

A forged 'Diamond K' cancel over a fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011rk

A Barred Oval cancel of dubious origin over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

1011rx

A crude, forged KOPJE cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1011s

The common LOMOGUNDI forgery. 

 

 

 

 

 

1011sa

The common LOMOGUNDI forgery.  

 

 

 

 

 

1011t

This is a rare forgery.  The cancel is LIVINGSTONE, but the forger put 'NEW' RHOD... instead of 'NW' RHODESIA.

  

 

 

 

1011ta

Same forged LIVINGSTONE cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

1011u

This one could be mistaken for a postally used cancel, but is in fact a genuine fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

1011ua

As above, a fiscal cancel that could be mistaken for a genuine postal cancel.

 

 

 

 

1011v

Whatever you are, we don't like you.  Assume forged cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

A non-descript, blurred cancel.  It should be considered a forgery.

 

 

 

 

1011vb

Another non-descript fake cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1011vc

Another non-descript forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1011vd

Another non-descript forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1011ve

Another non-descript forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

A very crude BULAWAYO (SC) forgery. Note the close proximity of the 'AU' and the '1' - much more spaced on the genuine.

 

 

 

 

1011x

The well-known FRANCESTOWN, S.AFRICA forgery.  Note the date is always the same on these forgeries: FE 7 91.

 

 

 

 

1011y

Another non-descript, illegible cancel that should be considered forged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1011yr

Another non-descript, illegible cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel that should be considered forged.

 

 

 

 

 

1011z

A REGISTERED BULAWAYO cancel.  Highly suspicious.  An authenticating certificate needed.

 

 

 

 

1011za

A high-quality BULAWAYO forgery.  The font style, especially the date, is not compatible with the genuine.  The "MA" was not used; it was either "MR" or "MY". 

 

 

 

 

A superb BULUWAYO forgery that will fool many.  A careful measuring of the spacing between the letters reveals that they are set wider apart than the genuine. 

As with the overwhelming majority of these forgeries, there is no accompanying certificate of genuineness.

 

 

Oneg2p

An Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg2pa

An Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1012a

This forgery is seen a lot, and is a crude BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.  Note that the cancel is on a perfinated, fiscally-used stamp.  

 

 

 

2001

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel.

2006 

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel.

1012ac

Another crude BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1012ad

Another crude BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1012ae

A non-descript forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1012af

A forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 1012ag

A forged cancel over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1012ah

A forged BULAWAYO cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1012aw

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1012ax

A forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012ay

A forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012aya

A forged cancel over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1012az

A non-descript cancel likely over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1012b

An indistinct cancel, possibly fiscal, and should not be considered genuine postally used. 

 

 

 

 

 

1012ba

A blurred, non-descript cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1012bb

A genuine cancel (possibly by favor) over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

1012c

Somewhat crude, the SALISBURY, MASHONALAND forgery is found a lot on high value Arms.

 

 

 

 

1012ca

The same forgery as above.  Offered as genuine by an Australian auction company in October 2012.

 

 

 

 

1012cb

The same forgery as above. 

 

 

 

 

1012ce

The same forgery as above over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1012e

And another example of the same.  This stamp has an RPS certificate stating this stamp is genuine - which is true - but the cancel is a forgery.

 

 

 

 

1012f

 

And another example of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012fa

And another example of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012g

And another example of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012ga

And another example of the same over a clearly visible fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1012gb

And another example of the same cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012gc

And another example of the same over a clearly visible fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 1012gd

And another example of the same cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012ge

And another example of the same cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012gf

And another example of the same cancel (over a perfin fiscal).

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012h

 

And another example of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And yet another example of the same!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012haa

And yet another example of the same!  Offered as genuine at a British auction house November, 2013.

 

 

 

 

1012hb

 

A crude forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1012hba

And another example of the same cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1012hbb

 

The lettering or font style is not compatible with known BSAC cancels.  Therefore assume it to be forged.  The stamp looks well and truly chemically cleaned - always suggestive of a removed fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1012hc

Forged SALISBURY cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012hd

Another crude, forged SALISBURY cancel over a fiscally-used stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012j

A terrific example of the well-known LOMOGUNDI forged cancel dated 18 MY 98.  Always found with this date.

 

 

 

 

 

1012k

The same cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012m

Yet another example of the above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012n

And another example of the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012na

Yet another example of the LOMOGUNDI forgery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yet another example of the LOMOGUNDI forgery.  

 

 

 

 

 

2007

Yet another example of the LOMOGUNDI forgery.

1012nc

Yet another example of the LOMOGUNDI forgery.  Offered as genuine at a British auction house November, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

1012p

A very good quality BULAWAYO (SC) forgery (and probably one of the best).  The forger unwittingly added the crosses between BULAWAYO and RHODESIA, which does not appear on cancels of this era.

 

 

 

 

1012pa

A forged BULAWAYO (SC) forgery over a cleaned fiscally-used cancel. Offered on eBay as genuine in November, 2018. 

 

 

 

 

1012pz

 

A genuine cancel over a cleaned fiscal cancel.  This is sometimes encountered in other BSAC material.  At best, the cancel is "by favor" of the local postal clerk - probably to fill the growing demand for 'postally used' high values among collectors.  If it were used postally, it would have been considered fraud by the postal authorities. 

 

 

 

1012q

 

A genuine cancel over a cleaned fiscal cancel.  This is sometimes encountered in other BSAC material.  At best, the cancel is "by favor" of the local postal clerk - probably to fill the growing demand for 'postally used' high values among collectors.  If it were used postally, it would have been considered fraud by the postal authorities. 

 

 

 

 

1012qa

 

Looks like some kind of trial attempt to test out several forged cancels!

 

 

 

 

 

1012qb

A very crude BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012qc

Another very crude BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The same cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

1012qe

A forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscally-used stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012r

A very crude BULAWAYO cancel 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012ra

Same forgery as above.  Same date.  Offered as genuine on auction at a U.S. auction house in November 2012. 

 

 

 

 

1012ry

A crude forged BULAWAYO cancel over a perfin.  The same cancel as the one below.  

 

 

 

 

1012rz

Another crude BULAWAYO forgery - the same as the one above and the one below (same date).

 

 

 

 

 

1012s

 

Another crude BULAWAYO cancel (same as above).

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012sa

Yet another BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012t

Possibly the same as # 1012q, a forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1012ta

A crude BULAWAYO forgery over a clearly visible, cleaned fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

Another crude BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1012u

A couple of forged cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012ua

The well-known KOPJE forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1012ub

Another copy of the KOPJE forgery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012uc

Another copy of the KOPJE forgery. Offered on David Feldman Auctions as genuine in December, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012v

Another quality BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

   

 

1012va

Another BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012w

This could be mistaken for a postal cancel, but is in fact a genuine fiscal cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1012wa

A crude ENKLEDOORN forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012wb

Another crude ENKLEDOORN forgery over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1012x

A generic REGISTERED cancel added - not recognized as being RHODESIA.  Town 'conveniently' missing. 

 

 

 

 

 

1012xa

 

Not a recognizable cancel.  Town 'conveniently' missing.  Offered as genuine at a British auction house November, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

1012xb

 

A non-Rhodesia REGISTERED cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 1012xc

A fiscal cancel that can be mistaken for genuine postally used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012xf

A forged LIVINGSTONE cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.  This cancel has been observed on numbers of the high-value BSAC Large Arms.

 

 

 

 

 

Known as the DIAMOND E forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1012ya

A fake 'Diamond I' cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1012yb

Another fake Diamond Barred cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

1012yc

Probably a genuine 678, BULAWAYO cancel but placed over a clearly visible fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

1012yd

A forged cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1012ye

A couple of forged cancels over a cleaned fiscal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The well-known INYANGA forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1012za

A fake TATI cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

1012zb

 

A fake UMTALI cancel.  Note the poorly defined lettering.  Double circle cancels of that era had the date before the month.

 

 

 

 

 

1012zc

 

A fake UMTALI cancel.  Note the poorly defined lettering over a fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1012zd

The font style is crude and not consistent with the single circle UMTALI cancel.  Presumably a forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg5pa

An Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg5pb

An Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1013a

Fairly crude, the KOPJE, SALISBURY forgery is mostly found on the Arms issues.

 

 

 

 

Another crude KOPJE forgery.  Lettering too thin.

 

 

 

 

 

1013ab

 

Another crude KOPJE forgery (font too thin).  This one has a 1982 PFSA certificate of authenticity.  In reality, it is a forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal - the outline of which is visible in the E margin at the level of the legs of the left antelope, angling up in a north-easterly direction.  Offered at a USA auction house in March, 2014.

 

 

 

1013ac

Another crude KOPJE forgery.  

 

 

 

 

 

1013ad

A forged KOPJE cancel over a cleaned fiscal.  

 

 

 

 

 

1013b

A very good forgery that will fool most collectors.  

 

 

 

 

 

1013ba

 

Same as above forgery. This stamp was submitted to the B.P.A. in 2012 who confirmed its status as a forgery (over a cleaned fiscal).

 

 

 

 

 

1013bb

Forged barred cancels - not the BSAC style.

 

 

 

 

 

1013bc

A forged cancel with three solid bars below the circle.  The genuine has four solid bars.  See R.C. Knight p. 137; H. Hoyte p. 17; J. Barry p. XV.

Offered for sale on eBay in 2013 by a well-known Australian auction house, this stamp has an R.P.S. certificate dated 1972 (# 78762).  The R.P.S. were clearly uninformed.  No such canceller was used in Rhodesia.

1013bd

A forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1013be

A forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1013bf

A couple of forged cancels over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013bg

A forged 'Barred' cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1013bh

Another forged 'Diamond Barred' cancel over what is likely a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

2003

Another forged 'Diamond Barred' cancel.

1013bi

A forged SALISBURY cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013bj

A forged cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013bk

A forged cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013c

 

A very light 'Madame Joseph' REGISTERED BULAWAYO forgery with the tell-tale JA 10 11 date.

 

 

 

 

 

Another example of the Madame Joseph forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1013cb

Another example of the Madame Joseph forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1013ck

A forged REGISTERED cancel.  Offered as genuine at a British auction house November, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

1013d

A fairly common BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013da

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 1013db

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.  One should be particularly watchful or suspicious of these high value items "on piece".  Forgers have used this method as a means of adding a certain credence to their work.  Offered on eBay as genuine in March, 2015.

 

 

1013e

A very crude BULAWAYO cancel - so crude that the forger left out the 'A' between 'L' and 'W'.

 

 

 

 

 

1013f

 

Superb workmanship to achieve this BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

A crude BULAWAYO forgery, bearing a likeness to the CTO (Cancelled-To-Order) over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

1013fb

Same forged BULAWAYO cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

1013fc

Same forged BULAWAYO cancel as above.

 

 

 

 

 

1013fq

A well-constructed, forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013g

Another BULAWAYO forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1013ga

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013gb

 

A forged BULAWAYO cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal (clearly visible).

 

 

 

 

 

1013gca

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel over a perfin.  The same cancel as above. 

 

 

 

 

 

1013gcb

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013gd

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1013ge

Another forged BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013h

 

The controversial BULAWAYO (SC) cancel with the OC 8 96 date in violet.  Genuine examples exist. This copy shows classic forgery symptoms - not least being the uncharacteristic color and texture of the inking and the fiscal markings on the stamp.

 

 

 

 

1013i

 

A nondescript, blurry forgery not brave enough to show the name of the town.

 

 

 

 

 

1013ia

Another nondescript, blurry forgery not brave enough to show the name of the town.

 

 

 

 

 

1013j

 

Same problem as the above.  Fiscal cancel remnants can be easily seen across the stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

1013ja

Same problem as the above.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013jb

Same problem as the above over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008

Another indistinct, blurry forgery.

1013jz

A crude BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.  Same cancel as the one below.

 

 

 

 

 

1013k

 

A crude BULAWAYO cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.  Same cancel as the one above. 

 

 

 

 

 

1013ka

A forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal (see bottom right corner).  Offered as genuine at a British auction house November, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

1013kk

Another example of the LIVINGSTONE forgery.

 

 

 

 

 1013km

Another example of the LIVINGSTONE "NEW" forgery over a filled perfin fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013kt

A genuine GWELO cancel over a perfinated stamp.  Not sure how or why it got there. 

 

 

 

 

 

1013m

 

A crude SALISBURY forgery.  Note the very thin lettering and the exaggerated 'stars' between the town and the country. At least RHODESIA was spelled correctly! 

 

 

 

 

1013ma

The most common of the SALISBURY forgeries.

 

 

 

 

 

 1013mb

Another SALISBURY forgery. Offered on eBay as genuine in November, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2002

Another SALISBURY forgery

1013n

 

The common SALISBURY, MASHONALAND forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1013na

 

The common SALISBURY, MASHONALAND forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1013nb

The common SALISBURY, MASHONALAND forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013nc

The common SALISBURY, MASHONALAND forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013o

 

The same forgery as above.

 

 

 

 

 

1013oa

The same forgery as above.  Offered as genuine on eBay in Dec. 2012.

Note again the frequent use of cleaned fiscal being glued onto a 'piece' before the forged cancel is applied - perhaps the reason being that it may 'appear' to be more genuine-looking.

 

1013ob

 

A blurred, non-descript forged cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

1013p

 

A crude BULAWAYO cancel over a perfinated fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013pa

 

A crude forged cancel over a perfinated fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013q

A crude forgery.

 

 

 

 

1013qa

 

This one has a 1985 Diena certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

 1013qaa

Same forgery as # 1013q above.  Perfin fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

 1013qb

 

A crude SALISBURY forgery very far removed from known genuine skeleton cancels.  All true skeleton cancels have 'JA' for the month of January - not 'JAN'.  Offered on eBay as genuine in March, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

1013qr

A couple of crude SALISBURY cancels over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013r

The LOMOGUNDI forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013ra

 

Just make out the LOMOGUNDI forgery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013rb

The same LOMOGUNDI forgery as above.  This one has a 1979 PFSA certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

 1013rc

The same LOMOGUNDI forgery as above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1013rd

 

The same LOMOGUNDI forgery as above over a cleaned fiscal.  This one has an RPSL certificate (as genuine).

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013rv

The well-known KALOMO STATION forgery by 'Madame Joseph' over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.  This cancel is most often seen on the 1pd Admiral.

 

 

 

 

 

1013s

 

A crude forgery too ashamed to show the name of the town.

 

 

 

 

 

1013se

A crude GWELO forgery - most likely over a cleaned, fiscally-used cancel.

 

 

 

 

1013sk

A crude HARTLEY forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013sm

 

A crude HARTLEY forgery - the same as above (same date).

 

 

 

 

 

1013sn

A HARTLEY HILL forgery.  One of several known.  The lettering, though similar to the genuine has malformed letters - especially the 'AND' of MASHONALAND. 

 

 

 

 

 

1013t

A forged VICTORIA cancel. Seen on other Large Arms with the same date.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 'Seal Bag' cancel - very dubious.

 

 


 

 

 

1013v

 

Over a fiscal cancel, the TATI cancel has the feel and look of a forgery. At best, by favor, but that is really pushing it. The density and color of the ink suggests a later addition to what is otherwise a fiscally used stamp. 

 

 

 

 

1013w

 

A forged GUBULAWAYO cancel over a fiscal cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

1013x

A crude UMTALI cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1013xa

A crude UMTALI cancel over a cleaned fiscal.

 

 

 

 

1013y

Obscure, non-descript cancels.

 

 

 

 

 

1013ya

An obscure, non-descript cancel over a cleaned, fiscally-used stamp.  

 

 

 

 

 

1013z

 

Obscure, non-descript cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1013x

An Erasmus Oneglia forgery:  forged cancel as well as fake stamp - always shows the JY 20 92 date.

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg10pa

 

Another Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg10pb

Another Oneglia Forgery.

 

 

 

 

 

1025

A forged SALISBURY cancel.  Very common on higher values, but less so on the lower values.

 

 

 

 

Oneg3

An Oneglia Forgery (fake stamp).

 

 

 

 

 

1025b

 

A forged BULWAYO cancel.  Note the italicized font style for the month and day: JU 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1025f

This is genuine usage of a fiscal cancel (BRITISH CENTRAL AFRICA - FIFE) on a BSAC stamp.

 

 

 

 

1025g

A dubious SALISBURY cancel needing further scrutiny (over a possible fiscally-used cancel).

 

 

 

 

 

1026

A crude, non-descript forged cancel. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1026a

A crude, more recent forged cancel - most likely over a gumless, unused stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

1026b

A fake stamp with a forged cancel by Erasmus Oneglia.