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Horyu Temple Pagoda Definitive
of 1946-1947 and Forgery

Japan Horyu Temple Pagoda Issues and Forgery
The stamps on the left and right appear to be authentic. The centre stamp is a forgery.

Stamps from this Japanese definitive issue of 1946-1947 were forged by a Japanese stamp dealer and widely distributed around the world by the Hungarian philatelic bureau. The stamp on the left has a watermark consisting of curved wavy lines, grayish paper and clear design details characteristic of the authentic stamp. The middle stamp on very white paper lacks a watermark; the details of the design, for example the chrysanthemum petals, are not clear. The stamp on the right has rouletted perforations with coloured lines which are characteristic of the authentic typographed deep lilac variety of the stamp.


"Japan." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.

Tyler, Varo E. "Japan." Focus on Forgeries A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps. Sidney, Ohio: Linn's Stamp News, 1993.



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