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New methods to identify forgeries in philately
Author(s): Paolo Vollmeier
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of my presentation is to describe to you the major problems confronting us in philately today, to raise your interest in these problems and to ask for your suggestions to solve them. It is not my intention to hold a scientific dissertation. No sooner had the first postage stamps come on the market, in 1840, when the first forgeries appeared. These were to the detriment of the postal authorities as they were used for franking mail. However, only a few years later, stamp collecting began and provided forgers the opportunity to reproduce expensive stamps and t sell them to collectors. But because printing methods differed, these forgeries are relatively easy to identify.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3851, Scientific Detection of Fakery in Art II, (16 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.379869
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Paolo Vollmeier, Commission for the Fight against Forgeries (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3851:
Scientific Detection of Fakery in Art II
Duane R. Chartier; Walter McCrone; Richard J. Weiss, Editor(s)

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