Cherry Blossoms: 30 Sen Gray Black with Crossed Branches
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 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.
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.
Maeda: Type 1
Sankō above crossed branches, 11 raimon at West
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: Plate 13, State 1
Large sankō above crossed branches,
Wada: Plate 13, State 2
Large mozō above crossed branches,
Wada: Plate 13, State 3
Small light sankō on both sides of central characters at top
Wada: Plate 28, State 1
Sankō on both sides of central characters in middle
Mihon: Type 1
West side 8 1/2 raimon – East side 9 raimon
Mihon: Type 2
West side 9 1/2 raimon – East side 9 raimon
Mihon: Type 3
Proper 10 raimon on both East & West side
Wada: Plate 14
Unknown Forger: Printed Perforations
Unknown Forger: Type 1
Unknown Forger: Type 2
Unknown Forger: Type 3
Unknown Forger: Type 4
ABC Kurabu (ABC Club) – 1950’s-1960’s
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.
ABC (Kurabu) Club Forgery – Design 105-A.
State 1 (No. 14) and States 2, 3 & 5 (No.16).
Characteristics of Design 105-A:
ABC (Kurabu) Club Forgery – Design 105-B
States 1,2 3 & 5 (No. 22).
Characteristics of Design 105-B:
- Petals faint, broken or missing.
- Break in SW cherry blossom.
- Break in frame line under South “s”
Kitte Bunka Kai (Stamp Culture Association)
On the Occasion of their 30th Anniversary – 1974
Japan Stamp Publicity Association
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.
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.
This stamp is found in Sheet 1 included with the 1908 issue of the Communications Law Monthly Report. Type 1 Cancel.
30 sen pale black;
Issued: Meiji 5.9 (September 1872);
Off Sale: Meiji 8.2 (February 1875);
Invalidated: Meiji 22. 11 (November 1889)