Old Koban: 3 Sen Orange

Genuine

Issued 23 June 1876 – Scott #70 and Sakura #66
Old Koban: 3 sen orange, genuine

Genuine: Unused

Genuine & Forgeries with and without  Sankō

 

Maeda: 3 sen with sankō

Maeda

Lithographed

Sankō on either side above stars in oval band.

Wada: 3 sen, Plate 3, state 1 with sankō

Wada: Plate 3, State 1

Engraved

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

Beware: In some printings and positions the sankō is so faint that it is barely visible.  In others the sankō is covered with a cancel.

Wada: 3 sen, Plate 3, state 2, with sankō

Wada: Plate 3, State 2

Engraved

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

Beware: In some printings and positions the sankō is so faint that it is barely visible.  In others the sankō is covered with a cancel.

Wada: Plate 18 lithographed, no sankō

Wada: Plate 18, 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 lager than the engraved plates, but the exact size is undetermined.

Wada: Plate 3 state 1

Wada: Plate 3

Fine Engraving

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

Wada: Plate 3 state 2

Wada: Plate 3, Crude Retouching

Engraved

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

Wada: Plate 18 lithographed with 6 different cancels

Wada: Plate 18

Lithographed

No sankō – the stamps and cancel were produced by multiple copying of a die and slight differences are found among individual copies. The 6 types of printed cancels are not repeated perfectly.  Different stamps will have different parts of the same cancel. The plates were much larger than the engraved plates, but the exact size is undetermined.