50 Commonly Faked/Altered Washington/Franklin Stamps

Faked or Altered Stamps

The 1908-23 Washington/Franklin stamps are a challenging series to properly identify but they are also known to be widely faked and altered. Some experts place the number of faked and altered stamps at 50%-60% or higher.

The frequency or likelihood of a stamp being faked/altered is indicated by a simple five level color scale shown are right.

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All images shown are genuine stamps.

Note: "E" = Endwise coil     "S" = Sidewise coil

Some images courtesy of Siegel Auction Galleries.