A comparison of the genuine and forged examples
of first issue stamps from selected countries

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The transfer block was produced with 4 stamps in a 2 x 2 format. The four types are called A, B, C, and D. The main identifying features of each type are illustrated below. ----------- The main identifying features common to all four types are (1.) Six dots over the right hand value t. (2.) The third branch of the aloe tree counting from the left is straight and leans to the left. (3.) There are 3 vertical lines of shading after the "A" of Noyta in the top banner. (4.) There are 3 rather distinct folds in the ribbon dropping down from the top banner on the right side. (5.) The circle at the bottom of these folds is quite fully shaded and has thick lines. It does not touch the inner circle around the aloe tree to the left.

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1919, Batum, Scott #1, Type A, Genuine

(1.) There is a "W" shaped mark between "T" and "Y" of BATYMCKAR in the top banner. (2.) Exp: do. Ref: L.Martin

1919, Batum, Scott #1, Type B, Genuine

(1.) Dot between "A" and "R" of BATYMCKAR. (2.) Dot left of the aloe tree trunk. (3.) Dot inside the left "5". (4.) Dot under the right "5". (5.) Exp: do. Ref: L.Martin

1919, Batum, Scott #1, Type C, Genuine

(1.) Dot to the left of the aloe tree trunk, and another between the 2nd and 3rd branches from the right. (2.) Two dots below and left of the end of the "5" in the left value t. (3.) 3 to 6 short lines or dots over "5" in the right value t. (4.) Exp: do. Ref: L.Martin.

1919, Batum, Scott #1, Type D, Genuine

(1.) Small "arrow shaped" mark between the "T" and "Y" of BATYMCKAR. (I think that mark needs a new name. "Arrow shaped" is not really very descriptive of what is there.) (2.) Exp: do. Ref: L.Martin