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6 cuartos
Forgery 4
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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 is one of the more decieving forgeries. It is attributed to Miguel Segui, in the early part of the 20th century.

Segui's forgeries have a certain "look" to them, that makes them pretty recognizable, if you've seen enough of them. The colors are usually pasty looking, the impression is rather flat, and shading lines that should be fine are usually thick and coarse (comparative detail), and this forgery is no exception.

Although it does retain most of the general characteristics of a genuine stamp, due to the fact that it is a photographic copy of the real thing, it is lacking in fineness. Notice that the black "knob" of color is present in the upper left corner of the background mesh, but it lacks any of the fine lines that extend into the white gutter area.

Most of the segui forgeries I've seen are in unused condition, without gum, and seem to find there way into collections more than others. I've had more than one person ask me to look at unused Spanish stamps, from a valuable collection, only to find that they are Segui products.