French Resistance Pétain Forgery

WWII Forgeries

In February 1944, the French Resistance (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur, or FFI) printed this forgery of the French 1.50 Franc Pétain issue. The stamp is of significantly lower quality than the original, and features a different perforation (11.5 instead of the original 14:13.5).  It can also be found in multiple shades.

The stamps were printed in sheets containing four panes, each 6×4.  The rear of each pane contains a rubber handstamp of the printers, the Direction Atelier des Faux.

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Seal on Reverse of Sheet

In November 1945, single copies and blocks of four were attached to souvenir sheets for the Brussels Exposition.  These are normally found with a “D.F.” cancel.

For more information, see Propaganda and Espionage Philately, by SGM Herbert A. Friedman (Ret.).