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WWII War/Propaganda Forgeries

Mercury & Iris Forgeries

During World War II, the British printed propaganda leaflets and newspapers and inserted them into the French postal system using counterfeit French postage stamps printed by the British Political Warfare Executive.

The stamps exist in perforated (“A” suffix” and imperforate (“B” suffix) varieties.

The counterfeit stamps are of four designs — Mercury, Iris, Pétain with hat, and Pétain without hat. 

The Mercury designs can be distinguished from the originals by the presence of two horizontal “cuts” across the forehead of the forgeries.

MiNr. 37 (MiNr. 36 has same distinguishing characteristics except for perforation)

In addition, the 30 cent value can be distinguished by its perforation.

The Iris design can be distinguished from the original by the lack of an accent over the first “E” in “RÉPUBLIQUE”, a series of five dots in a horizontal line under the lip of the torch, and different perforation.

MiNr. 38

Set Date(s)

1941

Watermark(s)

None

Album Page(s)

Mercury & Iris Forgeries

During World War II, the British printed propaganda leaflets and newspapers and inserted them into the French postal system using counterfeit French postage stamps printed by the British Political Warfare Executive.

The stamps exist in perforated (“A” suffix” and imperforate (“B” suffix) varieties.

The counterfeit stamps are of four designs — Mercury, Iris, Pétain with hat, and Pétain without hat. 

The Mercury designs can be distinguished from the originals by the presence of two horizontal “cuts” across the forehead of the forgeries.

MiNr. 37 (MiNr. 36 has same distinguishing characteristics except for perforation)

In addition, the 30 cent value can be distinguished by its perforation.

The Iris design can be distinguished from the original by the lack of an accent over the first “E” in “RÉPUBLIQUE”, a series of five dots in a horizontal line under the lip of the torch, and different perforation.

MiNr. 38

Set Date(s)

1941

Watermark(s)

None

Album Page(s)