EGYPT 1867 issue

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Egypt 1866 issue

1867 Pyramid and Sphinx, value in lower corners

Type 1 genuine?Type 2 20 pa green, genuine? Type 1 5 Pi brown, genuine?

  5 pa yellow
  10 pa lilac
  20 pa green
  1 Pi red
  2 Pi blue
  5 Pi brown ('P' and 'E' in upper corners)

For the specialist: A star and crescent is impressed on the backside of the stamp (sort of watermark), checking this is the easiest way of detecting forgeries! The absence of this impression guarantees that the stamp is a forgery (forgeries with watermark also exist though). Four types of each of these stamps exist. The stamps were perforated 15 x 12 1/2. They were printed in sheets of 200 stamps (10 x 20).

Watermark seen from the backside of a 5 pa yellow stamp, reduced size

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 pa ** **  
10 pa ** **  
20 pa *** **  
1 Pi * c  
2 Pi *** **  
5 Pi R ***  

10 pa value with an 'extra Arabic sign' at the bottom, central right.


Four types of each of these stamps exist. Compare the Egyptian inscriptions of the 4 types of each stamp, also compare the numbers in the bottom corners. For images see Egypt 1867 types


Mute cancel, consisting of a pattern of dots to form a lozenge. According to this cancel is called a 'Retta cancel'. They were first seen in 1866 to cancel the stamps. Later on they were merely used to cancel stamps that didn't receive a normal cancel (for example on letters originating from ships). Don't confuse this cancel with the dots cancels of many of the forgeries.


Forgery! Forgery! Forgery? 5 Pi brown

With value labels too short
Different types with space of the bottom '5's larger in the 5 Pi and this space smaller in the 5 pa (opposite to the genuine stamps).

In these forgeries the head of the sphinx almost touches the outlines of the front face of the pyramid. Furthermore the cancel, dots in a square, was never used on the genuine stamps. The above forgeries are made by the Spiro brothers. Note the larger space for the '5's in one of the 5 Pi forgeries (the forger made a mistake and took the bottom frame of the 5 pa). All these forgeries are also discussed in 'The Spud Papers IX and X'. These forgeries also exist with a circular cancel consisting of an unreadable text with 'VF' in the center (as in the 2 pi above).

Other forgeries:

The above forgeries seem to have an impressed(?) watermark. Note that the value inscription differs considerably from the genuine stamps. The colours seem to be very bright. I have also seen whole sheets of these forgeries (5 p and 10 p) with 42 stamps (6 rows of 7 stamps) with part of the border of the sheet in the same colour as the stamps (the above forgeries are all at the border).
The 2 Pi value always appears to have blue smudges in the lower left part of the ellipse.
The 5 Pi value has the bottom spaces for the '5's too large (the bottom spaces of the 5 pa value has been copied).

Page from a Fournier Album with Fournier forgeries.

(This could be a Fournier forgery?)

Some primitive forgeries on hard paper, reduced sizes.

Another very dubious 5 pa stamp and 2 Pi stamp.

20 pa with curved bottoms of the two and a bogus Papal States alike cancel.

Another forgery with curved '2's, but different from the above forgery.

Forgery with a bogus cancel consisting of four concentric rings with a number (6...?).

Another forgery of the 5 Pi value.

A pair of two 10 pa forgeries with forged cancel.

Essay of a 1 Pi stamp, different design. I've also seen this value imperforate (1 Pi) in red. I've also seen a brown imperforate proof without any inscription on top or bottom.

I have seen an imperforate 'proof' of these stamps in a slightly different design with inscription 'POSTE EGIZIANE' at the sides; the 1 Pi in the colours green and red (the ellipse with the sphinx in red); these proofs are actually forgeries. I've also seen 1 Pi blue and brown, 1 Pi green and violet, 1 Pi yellow and black, 1 Pi red and violet, 1 Pi blue and red and finally 1 Pi brown and red. Example:

Highly dubious item, with 'POSTE EGIZIANE PORTO SAID 3 GEN 78 T1' cancel, which can also be found on many forged postage due stamps.


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