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Friday, November 16, 2007

Do You Have a Phony Amongst You?

You can trust your stamp collection… Can’t you? Actually, if you were to look through your collection right now, the chances of finding a fake are pretty high. These fakes, or weed stamps, have been the bane of many a stamp collector’s existence, and they are continued to be produced, to this day. So, you might want to take your collection to a professioal; you might be in for a big surprise!

There are a couple of possible reasons for the deception. Scam artists make a reproduction of a high-priced stamp to make a grand profit, which does happen often enough; this is referred to as a "philatelic forgery." As well, some forgeries are created to defraud the government or postal administration. These are called postal forgeries, or counterfeit stamps, and tend to show up on envelopes or packages. These can be found, even to this day.

One would wonder, why would someone collect fake stamps? Not always is a counterfeit stamp a bad thing, in a collector’s eyes. Some collect these fake stamps as an interesting addition to their collections, and some actually collect them entirely as an interesting concept for a collection. But, if you aren’t collecting them on purpose, and you hate surprises, then you should probably get your collection looked at. You may just have a fake among your stamps.



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