British Levant – 1909 Issue with overprints, lot of eight items comprising one copper plate developed for the „1 piastre 10 paras“ overprint which has been defaced, one copper plate for „1 piastre 30 paras“ overprint, accompanied by two working trail essays in black on wove paper of this overprint, also three essays of the „2 piastres 20 paras“ on white wove paper and one on pelure paper which have derived from a typography copper plate (missing); a unique assembly and a new discovery. The B.P.A. only listed the registered datestamp of Smyrna but unknowing its possible usage, and in Sperati II, only the „1 Piastre – 30 Paras“ overprint was reported but not the otehr denomination, adding that „the overprint is lithographed and lacks the typographic wave of the genuine“, this being the main test to identify the forgery; in contrast, the typographic attempt for Sperati’s reproductions is demonstrated in this lot with these two engraved copper plates.
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