American Philatelic Society

France 440

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



  1. The genuine has horizontal shading lines in the ear and the lettering at the bottom is clear. Perf is 14x13.5.
  2. In this French underground forgery, there are no shading lines, but some solid patches. The lettering at the bottom isn’t clear. Perf are 11.5 or imperf.


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