Old Koban: 5 Sen Brown

Genuine

Issued 23 June 1876 – Scott #59 and Sakura #68
Old Koban: 5 sen brown

Genuine: Unused

Genuine & Forgeries with and without  Sankō

 

Maeda: 5 sen with sankō

Maeda

Lithographed

 Sankō in on either side below top group of character in oval band.

Spiro: 5 sen, 13 petals & 5 instead of 6 spokes

Spiro:  No Sankō

Lithographed

Chrysanthemum Crest has only 13 petals. There are only 5 spokes instead of the correct 6 spokes in the wheel at the NW corner of the design.

Unknown Forger: stamp on blue dot paper

Unknown Forger

This is the only known example of this forgery with no sankō or mozō .  The forgery can be identified by the paper which is speckled with blue dots.

Wada: Plate 5, engraved, state 1

Wada: Plate 5, State 1

Fine Engraving

Both sankō and printed cancels.  State I has initial fine engraving

Wada: Plate 5, retouched, state 2

Wada: Plate 5, State 2

Engraved

Both sankō and printed cancels.  State 2 has major and crude retouching.

Wada: Plate 20, lithographed

Wada: Plate 20, no Sankō

Lithographed

The stamps and cancel were produced by multiple copying of a die and slight differences are found among individual copies. The plates were much larger than the engraved plates, but the exact size is undetermined.

Wada: Plate 5, state1 - six positions

Wada: Plate 5

Fine Engraving

State 1: sankō with six different vignettes and six printed cancels that all seem the same.

Wada: Plate 5, retouched - six positions

Wada: Plate 5, Crude Retouching

Engraved

State2: sankō with six different vignettes and six printed cancels that all seem the same.