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Luxembourg to Great Britain
letter included a complete
set of the 1925
semi postals issued on December 21 (Scott B11-B14).
It also includes one 1924 15c pale green definitive Grand
(Scott 137) based on the 1921 design commemorating the birth
of the first royal son, Prince Jean.
Take note of the Grand Duchy de Luxembourg registration handstamp.
I think it's an interesting shape.
All in all, a nice stamp collector's cover.
However, is this possibly a forgery?
I recently received an interesting note concerning this cover from Lars
He had read a recent article on forged cancels in Le
(the journal of the Fédération
des Sociétés Philatéliques du Grand-Duché
Luxembourg - FSPL.
the parent organization of the many stamp clubs in Luxembourg).
As a result he reviewed this cover in light of the article and raised
some excellent questions:
I think this is a good case for deciding that the
- The Caritas semipostals are
worth more used
mint which encourages fake cancellations.
- On September 25, 1925, post
were directed to use registry labels rather than registration
Luxembourg Ville was the main post office and would be likely
this direction precisely. Luxembourg had many avid
would have noticed non-compliance.
- The '*' (star) VILLE
'†' cancel is known
have been forged. The horizontal lines in the E in VILLE are
parallel in the authentic * † cancel.
- It would be most unusual for
to have the blue-crayoned cross which was a British Commonwealth device
crayon mark is under the stamps). None have been found during
search of auction catalogues.
although I don't think it is worth enough to warrant the work
but it might be a practice work for someone breaking into the trade.
What do you think?
Can someone find an example of the proper
LUXEMBOURG VILLE CDS
confirm the forgery?
Thanks, Lars, for your interesting comments on this cover.
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