By the late Raymond W. Carlin

It is quoted on Webb p.46 that at around 1897, a Chinese official at one of the branch offices applied faked one dollar chops in English and Chinese to some QV 10c purple/red simulating the surcharges on the 96c stamps of the same colour. Webb recorded two copies but more examples have been discovered in recent years.

Three different types of forgeries are recorded by the author: –

  1. Forged ovpt. ONE DOLLAR without Chinese chop. Stamp cancelled Hong Kong s/r dated ?? 1895.
  2. Forged ovpt. ONE DOLLAR with forged Chinese chop. Stamp cancelled Shanghai c.d.s. dated 1895. Chinese chop characterised by two missing strokes of the Chinese word “Dollar”
  3. New Find – forged typographic ovpt. with forged Chinese chop cancelled brush-stroke and Hong Kong Paid All c.d.s. date not known. In addition, the stamp has an inverted watermark!

Please note that the ‘1 Dollar’ chop appears different on the two stamps with Chinese chops, the ‘1’ being taller and the ‘D’ and ‘O’ rounder.

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