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Billy Broadland30/12/2017 16:17:41
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In the photo the stamp on the right is F86 in Stanley Gibbons catalogue Part 20.

Recently I bought the stamp on the left amongst several others.

It looks identical to the other stamp except it is brown and not red.

The 2c stamp in this set is brown.

Do I have a error, a colour change or a fake?

Comments please.

Billy1 centavo.jpeg

Trevor Bishop 101/01/2018 09:08:29
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48 photos

Hi ,

Well looking at these stamps without any knowledge of this set I would say the stamp's white border perf area on the left looks darker & perhaps kept in a bit so clean environment , also I wonder whether the red ink oxidises in less clean environment to a brown colour over time ? Whilst the stamp on the right is much brighter & fresh appearance . Have you got an original 2c stamp to compare the type of " brown "colour it is .

Interesting though - worth looking into.


Billy Broadland01/01/2018 13:39:54
136 forum posts
40 photos

Thanks for your comments Trevor.

If you enlarge the brown stamp it does look a bit pinkish- red. I have now compared it with the 2 Centavo stamp and the colour is almost the same!!

Something else I have noticed under magnification is the U of un centavo is more like an O.

I can't find any mention of a colour error so at this stage I must assume it has either faded or been in unusual conditions.

However the brown does seem to be fairly even all over the stamp so I will continue my investigations.


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