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Korea

(1.) Perfs run from 8.5 gauge to 11.5 gauge for #1-2. (per Scott Catalog).

Korea Genuine


1884 Korea #1, Genuine

Korea

(1.) Perf 11.5 all around.
(2.) The corners of the segments of the yin yang at the vertical dividing line at the center of the design are sharp and clear, and meet each other precisely at the points where they intersect.
(3.) The balls at the upper and lower ends of the ornaments on each side of the stamp are large, and have an even space all around between themselves and the outer line of these ornaments.
(4.) The entire design and printing are sharp and clear.
(5.) The numeral "5" is well formed and the top if it is flat and level.
(6.) The Mn is thick and has a larger diagonal bar than the forgery.
(7.) The first figure on the left in the t at the bottom of the stamp has both a right arm and a left arm.
(8.) Exp: do. Ref: Alden C. Johnson, "Forgeries Old and New".


1884 Korea #1, Genuine, 2nd example

Korea

(1.) Perf 9.75 x 10.
(2.) The corners of the segments of the yin yang at the vertical dividing line at the center of the design are sharp and clear, and meet each other precisely at the points where they intersect.
(3.) The balls at the upper and lower ends of the ornaments on each side of the stamp are large, and have an even space all around between themselves and the outer line of these ornaments.
(4.) The entire design and printing are sharp and clear.
(5.) The numeral "5" is well formed and the top if it is flat and level.
(6.) The Mn is thick and has a larger diagonal bar than the forgery.
(7.) The first figure on the left in the t at the bottom of the stamp has both a right arm and a left arm.
(8.) Exp: do. Ref: Alden C. Johnson, "Forgeries Old and New".


Korea Forgery


Korea #1, Forgery

Korea

(1.) Perf 11.25 all around.
(2.) The corners of the segments of the yin yang at the vertical dividing line at the center of the design are not sharp and clear, and do not meet precisely at the points where they intersect.
(3.) The balls at the upper and lower ends of the ornaments at each side of the stamp are smaller than the genuine, and do not have an even space all around between themselves and the outer line of the ornaments.
(4.) The entire design is not as sharp and clear as the genuine.
(5.) The numeral "5" is poorly formed, and the top stroke slants slightly upward to the right.
(6.) The Mn is thin with a smaller diagonal line than the genuine.
(7.) The first figure on the left in the t at the bottom of the stamp does not have a left arm.
(8.) Alden C. Johnson in "Forgeries Old and New" describes a forgery with a break at the top of the circle in the upper right corner of the stamp. The example shown here does not have that defect.
(9.) Exp: do. Ref: Alden C. Johnson in "Forgeries Old and New".