American Philatelic Society

Chile — Scott 15–19, Columbus Issue of 1867
(The stamp shown is Chile Scott 16.)

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



  1. Genuine - In the genuine the background behind the head is composed of regular, thin engine-turned, curved lines forming a symmetrical design.
  2. Forgery - In the forgery the white lines in the background around the head are thick, straight, and rather irregularly shaped. Thick, dark shading completely outline the head and is especially visible in the face.


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