Forgeries (or reprints) of Ajman stamps

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It’s the last day of my summer holidays, and I’ve spent it with one of my favorite topics: the stamps of Sand Dunes. I know, I know… They’re ‘wallpaper’ stamps. But trust me, they do have their appeal. If yesterday’s topic of unlisted perforation varieties on stamps of Dubai, stamps didn’t get You measuring some perforations, then hopefully this post about Ajman stamps does. I assume the following stamps are either forgeries or reprints (by issuing agency). The common characteristics for all is that they are of perforation other than stated on the catalogs.


Let’s kick off this blog with some scout stamps. I’m sure many have seen these stamps as they are likely one of the most common stamps of Ajman:

1971 Ajman. Scouts.  Likely a forgery.

1971 Ajman. Scouts. Likely a forgery.

The sheet appears OK on quick looks, but I’m willing to bet it’s a fake. The stamps are perforated 10×10, whereas Michel states the perforation should be 14½. In addition, the paper is very different from regular stamp paper: it’s very thick and glossy. Also the design is much blurrier when compared to real stamp, as if the stamps were printed from copy:

1971 Ajman. Real and fake scout stamp side-by-side. Click for larger (high resolution) image.

1971 Ajman. Real and fake scout stamp side-by-side. Click for larger (high resolution) image.

Antique mosaics & wallpaintings

Moving further, I have this set of stamps with nice looking antique mosaics & wall paintings:

1972 Ajman. Mosaics and wallpaintings. Likely a fake strip-of-four.

1972 Ajman. Mosaics and wallpaintings. Likely a fake strip-of-four.

Again, on quick looks these may appear like the real thing, but the looks can deceive. According to Michel perforation should be 13½, not 11 as it is with the above strip.

According to Michel (and few other sources) the above stamps were never released in strip format like above. The two leftmost stamps are from triptych (sets-of-three joined stamps) Michel #2000-2002, the 3rd stamp is from triptych #2410-2412, and rightmost stamp is from triptych #2454-2456. There’s no way they could have been issued together in strip like this originally.

In addition, the paper differs. Once again, it’s thick and glossy. Interestingly, the print quality looks much better than with the original (see below pic).

1972 Ajman. Mosaics. Michel #2000A and 2002A, CTO-used.

1972 Ajman. Mosaics. Michel #2000A and 2002A, CTO-used.

So that things would not be too easy, I have some of the ‘mosaics & wallpanintings’ stamps also in perforation 13. As the difference in perforation is much smaller, they are not so obvious fakes.


Finally, something a bit different from the “Flowers” series of 1972:

1972 Ajman. Aster. Michel #2140A. On the left perforation 14, and on the right perforation 11¼.

1972 Ajman. Aster. Michel #2140A. On the left perforation 14, and on the right perforation 11¼.

Once again, these two stamps are clearly of different perforation. However, unlike the previous items, both are on similar (regular) paper. In addition, the print quality between these two is very similar (though the rightmost / perf 11¼ stamp appears a bit unfocused). Based on gut feeling I would say that the latter is a reprint of original issue. Nevertheless, that is my speculation, not a fact.

Closing words

Now, the big question is ‘what are these’? Forgeries? Reprints? Something else? I really don’t know… All I know is that they are VERY plenty (and easy to acquire by accident/knowingly).

As usual, happy collecting!

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