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Batum

Friday April 4, 1919

British colony 70

forgeries
Batum Sc1
  Batum #1 xxx

Imperforate, no watermark, lithography.

Description Scott SG Mi Y&T
5 kopek green 1 1    
10 kopek ultramarine 2 2    
50 kopek yellow 3 3    
1 rubel red brown 4 4    
3 rubels violet 5 5    
5 rubels brown 6 6    

British troops occupied Batum fom the end of WW1. In 1921 it became an autonomous republic within Georgia.

These stamps have been forged extensively. The relatively low price is due in part to the abundance of forgeries on the market. Genuine stamps are quite rare, but it is fairly easy to detect a forgery.

The following characteristics only apply to the kopek values. The rubel values have other, much less obvious, differences.

Seven perls instead of six in top row.
Batum Scott #1 genuine perls Batum Scott #1 forgery perls
Genuine, six perls. Forgery, seven perls.

The middle two branches.
Batum Scott #1 genuine trees Batum Scott #1 forgery trees
Genuine, point to the left. Forgery, up or to the right.

FI ref: 489 Page credit: JA

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