Cherry Blossoms – Wild Goose: 12 Sen Rose with Syllabics

Genuine

 
Issued 1 January 1875 with Syllabics i (1 – i ) , ro (2 – ro) and (3 – ha)

Scott #46 and Sakura #36 on foreign paper

Size 19 1/2 mm x 22 1/2 mm

 

The 12 sen rose with syllabics has four original plates.  Ichida says, two plates for syllabics i (1-i) and one each for syllabic ro (2-ro) and  (3-ha).  There are no known forgeries with syllabic ro (2-ro) or (3-ha) .   Therefore, stamps with syllabic ro or may be presumed genuine.

Reminder:  Only 16 petals or florets in the genuine Kiku Crest (Chrysanthemum Crest).

 

Genuine 12 sen bird, syllabic 1
Syllabic i (1-i)
Genuine 12 sen bird, syllabic 2
Syllabic ro (2-ro)

 

 

 
Genuine 12 sen bird, syllabic 3
Syllabic (3-ha)

 

 

 

12 Sen Secret Mark

12 sen secret mark

 

West character:  Horizontal with one elongated dot. 

East character:   Vertical and with two distinct elongated dots.

Other Differences Between Genuine and Forged

12 sen bird, genuine & forged characteristics
  1. Genuine:  The outer circular frame is two fine lines very close together. This feature doesn’t show well in scans, but it is clear under magnification.  Forgeries:  Forgeries have a single heavier line.
  2. Genuine:  There isn’t any shading here.  Forgeries:  The shading line(s) are here.
  3. Genuine:  The corner scrolls end in sold balls and never touch the outer frame.  Forgeries:  These scrolls usually end in open curls and are close to or touch the outer frame.
  4. Genuine:  The bottom stroke of both upper and lower 2’s ends in a sharp upward stroke.  Forgeries: This upward stroke is often missing or much shorter.
  5. Genuine:  The ‘S’ in each ‘SEN’ is noticeable smaller then the ‘E’ or ‘N’.  Forgeries:  All the letters are close to or about the same size.

Signed” Forgeries

 

 

Wada: 12 sen bird, plate 31, state 1, with large mozō
 
Wada: Plate 31, State 1, with mozō

 

 

 
Wada: 12 sen bird, plate 31, state2 & 3, with sankō
 
Wada: Plate 31, State 2 & 3,  with sankō

There is a difference between the position and shape of the sankō in these two states, but the difference is too small to be noticable when looking at a single stamp.

 

 

 

 
Wada: 12 sen bird, plate 31, state 4, with sankō
 
Wada: Plate 31, state 4, with sankō

Sankō is noticably lower and closer to the neck of the bird than in states 2 & 3.

 

 

 

 
Maeda: 12 sen bird, type 1 with large sankō
 
Maeda: 12 sen, type 1,  with large sankō
 
 
Maeda: 12 sen bird, type 2 with sankō
 
Maeda: 12 sen, type 2, with sankō
 
 
Mihon: 12 sen bird, type 1
 
Mihon: Type 1, syllabic i (1-i)

Chrysanthemum Crest has 15 petals

 

 

 
Mihon: 12 sen bird, type 2
 
Mihon: Type 2, syllabic i (1-i)

Chrysanthemum Crest has 12 petals

 

 

 
Mihon: 12 sen bird, type 3
 
Mihon: Type 3, syllabic i (1-i)

Chrysanthemum Crest has 12 petals. 

 

 

 

Unsigned” Forgeries

  All “unsigned” forgeries are syllabic i (1-i)

 

 

Genuine & Wada: 12 sen bird plate 32
 
Wada: Plate 32, Position 4
 
Genuine & Maeda: 12 sen bird type 3
 
Maeda: Type 3

 
Genuine & Spiro: 12 sen bird
 
Spiro: syllabic (1 -i)

Chrysanthemum Crest has 13 petals

 

 

 
Unknown forger: Bogus blue paper & printed perfs.
 
Unkown Forger: syllabic イ (1 -i)

Bogus blue paper and printed perforations cut out.  Too many petals in Chrysanthemum Crest.

 

 

 
Unknown forger: White paper & printed perfs.
 
Unkown Forger: syllabic イ (1 -i)

Same as unknown forger at left, but this time on white paper with printed perforations.

 

 

 

Note: Numbers in parenthesis and bold are the catalog numbers found on reverse of the forgeries.  State 4 forgeries did not have any numbers on the reverse. It is believed that State 4 forgeries exist for all different values.  But only a few State 4 examples were available for examination.  When State 4 was available for examination, the design type is recorded.

Genuine 12 sen rose syllabic イ with ABC: Design 115
ABC (Kurabu) Club Forgery, 12 sen rose wild goose – Design 115

States 1, 2, 3, & 5 (No. 31)

Characteristics of Design 115:

      1. “E” at North is slanted.
      2. North “E” touches bottom serif of “N”

Reproductions

 

Tayama: 1908 syllabic イ (i)

 

Tayama 1908

This 12 sen wild goose, syllabic イ  (i-1) is found in sheet 2 included with the 1908 issue of the Communications Law Monthly Report.  It has the type 2 cancel.

Inscriptions translate:
12 sen pale red;
Issued: Meiji 8.1 (January 1875);
Off Sale: Meiji 10.6 (June 1877);
Invalidated: Meiji 22. 11 (November 1889)

Click here to see more information about Tayama reproductions.

 

Japan Stamp Publicity Association

 

Genuine with JSPA 12 sen bird with syllabic イ(i), sheet 1, 20 April 1961
 JSPA Sheet No. 1, Issued 20 April 1961, Syllabic イ (i-1)

The stamp in this sheet reproduces the genuine issue of 1 January 1875 on wove paper with syllabic イ (i-1).  The sheet is on wove paper.   For more information click here.