Cherry Blossoms: 30 Sen Violet with syllabics

Genuine

 
Violet issued 4 February 1875 with Syllabics ro (2 – ro), (3 – ha) and (4 – ni) only

Scott #49 and Sakura #48 on foreign paper

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

 

The 30 sen violet with syllabics is thought to have four plates.  The two plates for Syllabic ro (2-ro) one plate each for syllabic (3-ha) and (4-ni). However, Ichida says, “Further study on the number of plates is necessary”.  There are no known forgeries with syllabic syllabic (3-ha) or (4-ni) so these syllabics are presumed genuine.

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

 

 

30 sen violet with syllabic 2
Syllabic ro (2-ro)

 

 

 
30 sen violet with syllabic 3
Syllabic (3-ha)
30 sen violet with syllabic 4
Syllabic (4-ni)

Probably has a sumiten erased

Differences Between Genuine and Forged

Wada, Maeda and the Mihon forger committed obvious mistakes when forging the 30 sen  violet.  Maeda, Wada Plate 37, and the Mihon forger have crossed branches on their forgeries instead of the syllabics.  Crossed branches were never used on any genuine 30 sen violet stamp.  Wada on his Plate 38 used syllabic (14-ka) which was never used on the genuine stamp.  Thus all the Maeda, Wada, and Mihon forgeries can be easily identified from these feaatures alone.

Spiro made a rather crude forgery with syllabic ro (2-ro).  There is a very deceptive forgery by an unknown forger with syllabic ro that is best identified by a reversed raimon at the SW.  Two more modern “reproductions” exist with syllabic ro.

 

General characteristics genuine & forged

 

Genuine:  Syllabics ro(2-ro), (3-ha),  & (4-ni) only.  Forgeies: Crossed branches and syllabic (14-ka).

 

Characteristic of insidious forgery

 

Genuine: Raimon at SW –  normal position.  Forgeries:  Deceptive forgery –  raimon at SW reversed.

 “Phantom” Forgeries  both “Signed” and “Unsigned

 

 

Wada: 30 sen violet, signed sankō & crossed branches
 
Wada: Plate 37, State 1, sankō and crossed branches
 

 

 

 
Wada: 30 sen violet, signed mozō & crossed branches
 
Wada: Plate 37, State 2, mozō and crossed branches

 

 

 
Wada: 30 sen violet, unsigned & syllabic 14-kacrossed branches
 
Wada: Plate 38, unsigned with syllabic (14-ka) 

 

 

 
Mihon type 1 with crossed branches
 
Mihon & Crossed Branches: Type 1

Shades vary from violet to gray

 

 
Mihon type 2 with crossed branches
 
Mihon & Crossed Branches: Type 2

Shades vary from violet to gray

 

 
Mihon type 3 with crossed branches
 
Mihon & Crossed Branches: Type 3

Shades vary from violet to gray

 

 

 

 
Maeda: Type 1 with sankō and crossed branches
 
Maeda: Type 1,with sankō & crossed branches

 

 

 
Maeda: Type 2 with mozō and crossed branches
 
Maeda: Type 2, with mozō & crossed branches

 

 

 
Maeda: Type 2 with mozō and crossed branches - gray violet shade
 
Maeda: Type 2, with mozō & crossed branches

Gray violet shade

 

 

 
Maeda: Type 3 no sankō or mozō and crossed branches
 
Maeda: Type 3, unsigned with crossed branches

 

 

 
Maeda: Type 3 no sankō or mozō and crossed branches - blue shade
 
Maeda: Type 3, unsigned with crossed branches

Sky blue shade

 

 

 

Unsigned” Forgeries with Syllabic ro

 

 

Sprio: with 7 1/2 raimon at west
 
Spiro: syllabic ro (2 -ro),

7 1/2 raimon on west side (genuine has 8 raimon)

Unknown Forger: Raimon Reversed
 
Unknown Forger: 1 syllabic ro (2 -ro)

A very deceptive forgery. Only obvious error is reversed raimon at SW corner.

 

 

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 30 sen violet syllabic ロ with ABC: Design 121.
ABC (Kurabu) Club Forgery syllabic ロ – Design 121

States 1. 2, 3, & 5 (No. 40).

Characteristics of Design 121:

      1. Break at top of North “E”

JSPA Reproduction with Syllabic ro

 

 

 
Sheet No. 5: issued 20 April 1962  on wove paper

Design taken from a genuine stamp with syllabic ロ .  Original issue 4 February 1875. Reproductions are of superior quality to the originals.

See more about JSPA Reproductions here

 

 
JSPA: 1962 Reproduction