Issues Believed by Collectors to be Illegal
Stamp issues thought by specialist collectors to have been illegally issued (i.e., without authorization of the government in power or, where the items were "issued" for a region without sovereignty and its own postal administration).
See article at end from Haiti Philatelic Society.
Nagorno Karabakh, John Paul II 6th Visit to Poland. 2 sheets + 2 S/S, July 15, 1999.
Nakhichevan, Dogs. Sheet of 12 x 1000.m, July 25, 1999.
Abkhasia, Rabbits. 8 stamps: 100,200,300,400,500+ China'99 label, July 15, 1999.
Batum, Rabbits. Sheet of 8: 500,1000,1500, +China'99 label, July 15, 1999.
Kyrgyzstan, Ferrari Cars. Sheet of 9 x 10c, July 15, 1999.
Gagausia, Dinosaurs. Comp. sheet of 4: 1.00, 1.50, 2.00, 2.50, July 24, 1999.
Altai, Dinosaurs/PhilexFrance'99. Comp. sheet of 4: 1, 1.5, July 25, 1999.
Buriatia, Dogs. Sheet of 9: 2.00 x3, 3.00 x3, 4.00 x3, July 17, 1999.
Chechenia, Dogs. Sheet of 8:2, 3, 3.5, 4, 5.5, 6, 7, 8 + China'99 lab, July 15, 1999.
Dagestan, Dogs. Sheet of 9: 2.00 x3, 3.00 x3, 4.00 x3, July 18, 1999.
Franz Josef Land, Dinosaurs/PhilexFrance'99. Comp. Sheet of 6v, July 25, 1999.
Ingushetia, Dinosaurs/PhilexFrance'99. Comp. sheet of 4, July 25, 1999.
Kabardino-Balkaria, Dinosaurs. Comp. sheet of 4v: 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, July 25, 1999.
Kalmykia, Minerals. Sheet of 12 x 2.50, July 25, 1999.
Karachevo-Cherkessia, Dinosaur/PhilexFrance'99. Comp. sheet of 4, July 25, 1999.
Karelia, Dogs. Sheet of 9: 2.00 x3, 3.00 x3, 4.00 x3, July 18, 1999.
Kuril Islands, Dinosaurs/PhilexFrance'99. Comp. sheet of 6, July 25, 1999.
Mordovia, Dinosaurs. Comp. sheet of 4: 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, July 25, 1999.
New Earth Island, Dinosaurs/PhilexFrance'99. Comp. sheet of 6, July 25, 1999.
Novosibirsk Islands, Dinosaur/PhilexFrance'99. Comp. sheet of 6, July 25, 1999.
Tatarstan, Cinema Stars (Marilyn Monroe). Sheet of 9 x 2.00, July 25, 1999.
Touva, Dogs with Glasses. Sheet of 9:2.0x3, 3.0x3, 4.0x3, July 18, 1999.
Tajikistan, Propeller Airplanes. Sheet of 9:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, July 15, 1999.
Turkmenistan, Rabbits. Sheet of 8 x50.00 M + China'99 label, July 15, 1999.
Karakalpakia, Dogs. Sheet of 9: 2.00 x3, 3.00 x3. 4.00 x3, July 18, 1999.
Kosova, EUROPA'99-II (NATO, Pope,.) 2 sheets, each 16: A, B, July 15, 1999.
Haiti Philatelic Society identifies, condemns illegal issues
[From the Haiti Philatelic Society] -- In days gone by, the nefarious attempted to defraud collectors by altering existing stamps to make them appear as more valuable varieties and errors. In the 19th century, philately was plagued by a lack of information and many claims of "new" discoveries turned out to be nothing more than the work of an unscrupulous dealer and a nearby firm with easy access to a printing press. Many of these forgeries, fakes, and fantasies are now considered quite collectable.
Due to a variety of circumstances, at present new Haitian issues are not often released. The lack of new issues flowing from Haiti into the worldwide philatelic marketplace has proved too tempting for some. A number of fantasy issues are being marketed claiming to be from Haiti. Aptly termed "Album Weeds" by writers in the late 19th Century, these modern releases bear none of the charm of the old attempts, but have a similar goa: separating collectors from their money. The items seen appear to be primarily topical in nature. They are colorful, come unused or "used" (Canceled to Order) with a fraudulent, printed cancel purporting to be from Haiti.
While it is not the policy of this Society to advise collectors what they should or should not collect, we do wish to make certain that the philatelic community realizes these colorful issues are nothing more than privately-produced gummed or ungummed labels which were never sanctioned by Haitian postal authorities. The vast majority has never seen the shores of Haiti, but they have been denounced by the Haitian authorities to the Universal Postal Union, which has termed them as "illegals," items produced without authorization and claiming to be something that they are not.
The dissemination of these labels has been widespread in the stamp collecting hobby. So that you may better recognize these when you come across such offers by sellers who are not aware of the original source of such material, we report the illegals tracked to date. Additional items will be added as they become available.
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