Cherry Blossoms: 30 Sen Gray Black with Crossed Branches

Genuine

 Issued 3 October 1872 – Scott #18 and Sakura #14 with crossed branches on native paper

February 1874 Scott #25 and Sakura #27 on foreign wove paper

Size 24 mm x 27 mm

Only one plate for these stamps is known and it was used for both the native paper 1872 issue and the foreign paper 1874 issue.  The foreign paper printings are much rarer than the native paper printings because the 30 sen stamp with syllabics was issued shortly after the foreign paper was introduced.  Remember, It is not possible to accurately tell differences in paper from scans.  Sometimes a scan of the reverse of a stamp, clear of any other adhering paper helps, but usually these differences must be determined by an expert seeing the actual stamp.

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

 

 

Genuine Cherry Blossom 30 sen gray with crossed branches
Genuine with Crossed Branches
 

Differences Between Genuine and Forged

These characteristics are typical of many of the forgeries.  However there are some forgeries by Maeda, Hirose, and an unknown forger that appear more like the genuine and therefore are more insidious. If the stamp appears not to have the characteristics described here, be sure and check the individual forgeries by the forgers below.

CB: 30 sen gray - characteristics of genuine & forged

From top to bottom:

  • Genuine:  Stamen in petals of corner cherry blossoms are mostly club-shaped.  Forgeries:  Stamen are often short and straight.
  • Genuine:  Corner cherry blossoms usually fill the area in which they are enclosed.  Forgeries:  There is a noticeable space between the blossoms and the scrolls at the side panels.
  • Genuine:  Line is zagged.  Forgeries:  Line is often smooth and shallow.
  • Genuine:  The shading lines end in a manner that makes them parallel to the outer row of dots.  Forgeries:  Shading lines are often shorter and the end in a manner that makes them curve away from the row of dots.

Also  Genuine:  Have 10 raimon at East and West and 8 raimon at North & South.  Forgeries:  Some other number of raimon in these positions.

 

 

Signed” Forgeries

 

 

 

Maeda: 30 sen gray, type1, crossed branches with sankō
Maeda: Type 1

Sankō above crossed branches, 11 raimon at West

 

 

 
Maeda: 30 sen gray, type 2, crossed branches with sankō
Maeda: Type 2

Sankō above crossed branches, 9 raimon at West with North raimon reversed, 8 1/2 raimon at East with 1/2 raimon at North

 

 

 
Wada: 30 sen, plate 13, state 1 with crossed branches with sankō
Wada: Plate 13, State 1

 Large sankō above crossed branches,

 

 

 
Wada: 30 sen, plate 13, state 2 with crossed branches with mozō
Wada: Plate 13, State 2

 Large mozō above crossed branches,

 

 

 
Wada: 30 sen, plate 13, state 3 with crossed branches with sankō
Wada: Plate 13, State 3

 Small light sankō on both sides of central characters at top

 

 

 
Wada: 30 sen, plate28, state 1 with crossed branches with sankō
Wada: Plate 28, State 1

 Sankō on both sides of central characters in middle

 

 

 
Mihon Type 1: Cherry Blossom, 30 sen gray with crossed branches
Mihon: Type 1

West side 8 1/2 raimon – East side 9 raimon

 

 

 
Mihon Type 2: Cherry Blossom, 30 sen gray with crossed branches
Mihon: Type 2

West side 9 1/2 raimon – East side 9 raimon

 

 

 
Mihon Type 3: Cherry Blossom, 30 sen gray with crossed branches
Mihon: Type 3

Proper 10 raimon on both East & West side

 

 

 

Unsigned” Forgeries

 

Wada: Plate 14, position 6
Wada: Plate 14
 
Unknown Forger: Printed Perforations
 
Unknown Forger: Printed Perforations

 

 
Unknown Forger: Type 1
 
Unknown Forger: Type 1

 

 
Unknown Forger: Type 2
 
Unknown Forger: Type 2

 

 
Unknown Forger: Type 3
 
Unknown Forger: Type 3

 

 
Unknown Forger: Type 4
 
Unknown Forger: Type 4

 

 

 ABC Kurabu (ABC Club) – 1950’s-1960’s

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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.

Genuine 30 sen gray no syllabic with ABC: Design 105-A
 
ABC (Kurabu) Club Forgery – Design 105-A.

State 1 (No. 14) and States 2, 3 & 5 (No.16).

Characteristics of Design 105-A:

      1. Breaks.
Genuine 30 sen gray no syllabic with ABC: Design 105-B
 
ABC (Kurabu) Club Forgery – Design 105-B

States 1,2 3 & 5 (No. 22).

Characteristics of Design 105-B:

      1. Petals faint, broken or missing.
      2. Break in SW cherry blossom.
      3. Break in frame line under South “s”

Reproductions

 

 

Kitte Bunka Kai (Stamp Culture Association)

On the Occasion of their 30th Anniversary – 1974

 

 

1974 Outside Folder and Souvenir Sheet
30 Sen Cherry Blossom Stamp from Souvenir Sheet

Japan Stamp Publicity Association

Tayama

JSPA Sheet No. 2: 30 sen gray
 
JSPA  Sheet No. 2 Issued 20 September 1961

The stamp in the sheet reproduces the genuine issue of 3 October 1872 on laid paper.  The sheet is on vertical laid paper.

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JSPA Sheet No. 9: 30 sen gray
 
JSPA  Sheet No. 9 Issued 20 November 1962

This stamp in the sheet reproduces the genuine issue of February 1874 on wove paper.  The sheet is on wove paper.

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Tayama: 30 sen stamp from sheet 1 of 1908 CL Report
Tayama: 1908

This stamp is found in Sheet 1 included with the 1908 issue of the Communications Law Monthly Report.  Type 1 Cancel.

Inscriptions translate:
30 sen pale black;
Issued: Meiji 5.9 (September 1872);
Off Sale: Meiji 8.2 (February 1875);
Invalidated: Meiji 22. 11 (November 1889)

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