American Philatelic Society

Paraguay — Scott C39-53, 1931 Gunboat Issue

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



  1. Genuine: The perf is 12, also 11 on some. There is a clear white tilde over the first “n” of “CANONERO” and there are three lines of shading in the blank area just above the ship’s bow.
  2. Forgery: The perf is 11½. There is no tilde over the first “n” and there is no shading in the blank area above the ship’s bow.


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