American Philatelic Society

Austria — Scott 127, Franz Josef

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One of these Austrian stamps is genuine. Can you tell the difference?
If you are having trouble, see the "hints" and answer below.



  1. In the genuine the central portrait of Franz Josef is engraved, the perf is 12½ a 12 ½, and the lettering below the 10s is clear.
  2. In the forgery the central portrait is lithograph and the stamp perf is 12 x 12. The lettering below the 10s isn’t as clear with the “E” in “MOSER” looking more like an “L”.


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