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Nova Scotia Bill Stamps - Real or Fake?

July 2, 2018

Collecting Nova Scotia Bill Stamps can be interesting and fun, however; you must be aware that there are many counterfeits out there!  Just seeing a normal-sized scan of a stamp is usually not enough to convince you that the overprint is legitimate.  By the counterfeit examples that I have seen, I can conclude that there has definitely been more than one applying their trade to these stamps.  The overprint below is a legitimate example.  

 

           Several things to note the legitimacy of this o/p are:

           - The top frame line of the "N" is closed, forming a "v" or

                reverse check-mark.

              - The first period is leaning to the left.

              - The top of the "S" does not protrude past the middle belly

                 of the "S"

              - The left base of the "N" is longer.

 

There are other ways to tell, but these are the most prominent and easiest signs to look for, that the o/p is real.

 

The examples below are all fakes. They all differ from one another but don't follow the guidelines of the real o/p as listed above.

 

 

When searching for, or buying a Nova Scotia Bill Stamp, look for a zoomed scan of 1200dpi or greater.  Usually, a regular magnifying glass is not enough.  If you do end up with a fake, all is not lost.  There are collectors of fakes and forgeries, so the value would generally be more than if just comparing to a regular Federal Issue bill stamp with a fake overprint.

 

You can find real examples for sale at Moreland Revenue Stamps.

 

Have fun searching and collecting!

 

 

 

 

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