Can you tell a genuine #1 from a forgery?
Karelia, now a dead country, was once an autonomous Soviet republic. In 1921 they issued their first stamps, a set depicting a "golfing bear standing on a bicycle chain". Shown here are two images of Karelia Scott #1. One is genuine, the other is a forgery. Can you tell them apart? Here are a few clues to help you decide:
Forgery: the bottom curve of the J in KARJALA is short and the
end points downward.
Genuine: the bottom curve of the J is much longer and points horizontal.
Forgery: the shading line in the blade of the sword is thin.
Genuine: the shading line is very thick and touches part of the blade.
Forgery: There are two white dots (eyes?) in the bear's head,
so closely spaced that they appear almost as one.
Genuine: There are two white dots (eyes?) in the bear's head, clearly spaced further apart.
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