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6 cuartos
Forgery 1
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  I've been trying to come up with a list of characteristics to help distinguish a genuine 6c from a forgery. But there hasn't been, at least to my knowledge, a problem with forgeries for this issue. The modern day photographic forgeries on thin paper are about the only ones that might fool someone, and only because they are replicas of genuine stamps.

The one detail that seems to be lacking in all the forgeries I've seen is this:

The background mesh is comprised of horizontal and vertical crossed lines. There is a thin white gutter between the central area of corssed lines and the outer frame. Some of these crossed lines that form the background mesh extend beyond the confines of the central area into the thin white gutter (detail). There are some extended lines that are consistant on each and every position in the plate, such as the 2 lines just under the numeral 6 in the top inscription (detail) and others are unique to particular positions. Some are not as distinct as others, but every 6c will have some. The modern forgeries also show some of these lines, but they are not as distinct.

There is also a small "knob" of black color in the upper left corner of the central design area, that protrudes into the thin white gutter (detail). It seems to be missing on most forgeries, with the exception of the photographically produced replicas of modern times.

 This forgery is listed as the worlds first "postal" forgery. It was made at the time that Spain's first issue was in use in 1850. Only 1 copy exists and the perpetrators were caught almost immediately. This forgery sold at an Afinsa auction in 1997, with an auction estimate of. It's safe to assume that no one will "run into" a second copy of this forgery so I won't bother trying to pick out details that distinguish it from a genuine stamp.

It's actually a very crude example and all you have to do is compare it once to a genuine copy and wonder how the forger(s) thought they could pass it off as real.

Just thought everyone would like to see it, in case you didn't know of it's existance.