#807(CF2) – 1938 #807 Jefferson, M Imperf, Counterfeit

Get a neat piece of philatelic history that’s seldom seen in U.S. stamp collections.  Using a blend of photography and lithograph printing, 33-year-old Nathan Levine of New York City counterfeited copies of the 1938 3¢ Thomas Jefferson stamp.  With the stamp in great demand to satisfy the first-class letter rate, Levine easily sold sheets of 100 perforate and imperforate stamps for $1.75 each until his 1949 arrest. 

How to Identify a Counterfeit #807:
 
Counterfeit #807 is close to the genuine stamp in color, but background lines are less distinct and may be connected by splotches of ink.  There are no horizontal gum breakers.  Perforations may be irregular.  Genuine #807 stamps were printed using recessed engraving, with disctinct and finely engraved background lines, 11x10.5 perforation, and horizontal gum breakers.

 

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Get a neat piece of philatelic history that’s seldom seen in U.S. stamp collections.  Using a blend of photography and lithograph printing, 33-year-old Nathan Levine of New York City counterfeited copies of the 1938 3¢ Thomas Jefferson stamp.  With the stamp in great demand to satisfy the first-class letter rate, Levine easily sold sheets of 100 perforate and imperforate stamps for $1.75 each until his 1949 arrest. 

How to Identify a Counterfeit #807:
 
Counterfeit #807 is close to the genuine stamp in color, but background lines are less distinct and may be connected by splotches of ink.  There are no horizontal gum breakers.  Perforations may be irregular.  Genuine #807 stamps were printed using recessed engraving, with disctinct and finely engraved background lines, 11x10.5 perforation, and horizontal gum breakers.