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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