Cherry Blossoms: 10 Sen Green with Syllabics

Genuine

 February 1874
Scott #37 and Sakura #33 with syllabics  syllabic i  (I-1),  syllabic syllablc ro (ro-2) , or syllabic Syllabic ha (ha-3) on foreign wove paper.
Size 22 1/2 mm x 25 1/2 mm

The design of this stamp is the same as the 10 sen native paper with the addition of syllabics Syllabic i, syllablc ro, and Syllabic ha at the lower center.   There was one plate for each of the syllabics.  All were Government printed.

The 10 sen green Cherry Blossom plates with syllabics were engraved with the same error that was made in the plates engraved in 1872 for the 10 sen issue without syllabics.  That is the “0” in “10 sen”  is closer to the “S” of “SEN” than to the “1” of “10”.  In the 1872 issue the error was corrected, but in this issue it was never corrected.

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

 

 

Cherry Blossom: 10 sen green with syllabic 1
  Genuine with Syllabic Syllabic i (i -1)
 
Cherry Blossom: 10 sen green with syllabic 1
  Genuine with Syllabic syllablc ro (ro -2)
 
Cherry Blossom: 10 sen green with syllabic 1
  Genuine with Syllabic Syllabic ha (ha -3)
 
10 green Cherry Blossom secret mark

 

10 Sen Green Secret Mark

The cloud designs in the upper corners of the stamps are not symmetrical.  While many parts of the cloud design are not symmetrical, the most noticeable is the indent at the outside edge of the West cloud, not present on the East cloud.  This feature occurs on all three syllabics.

Wada’s plate 26 is the only forgery known to imitate this feature.  But, in Wada’s plate 26 the heavy center line of each dragon does not touch the dragon’s mane.  See feature “A” below.

Differences Between Genuine and Forged

These characteristics are typical of most of the forgeries.   For many years it was said that there were no forgeries of syllabic Syllabic i (i) or Syllabic ha (ha).  It is now known that there is at least one forgery of each  syllabic.  Most of the forgeries bear syllabic syllablc ro (ro).

 

 

 

 

A:  Genuine:  The heavy center line of each dragon touches the dragon’s mane.   Forgeries:  In forgeries, this center line usually stops short of the mane.

BGenuine:   On syllabic syllabic i (i) and  syllablc ro (ro) the lower inner pair of curls on the east dragon are separated from the body by a solid line.  In the genuine syllabic Syllabic ha (ha)  this attached portion is open as it is in the forgeries.  Forgeries:   On most of the forgeries with syllabic syllabic i (i) or syllablc ro (ro), the attached portion is “open”  meaning there is no line.

Note:    Any 10 sen stamp with a syllabic under the dragon’s tails (not in a box) and blue instead of green is a forgery.

 

Cherry Blossoms: 20 sen violet, syll ho (5)

 

Signed” Forgeries

 

 

 

CB 10 sen green, syllabic 2, type 1 with mihon
 
Mihon, Type 1, syllabic syllablc ro

Also occurs without mihon (see below).

CB 10 sen green, syllabic 2, type 2 with mihon
 
Mihon, Type 2, syllabic syllablc ro

Also occurs without mihon (see below).

CB 10 sen green, syllabic 2, type 3 with mihon
 
Mihon, Type 3, syllabic syllablc ro

Probably occurs without mihon.

Maeda: CB 10 sen green with sankō vertical under central characterss
 
Maeda:  Syllabic syllablc ro

Sankō in color of stamp, vertical below central characters.

Unknown Forger: CB 20 sen green with sankō close together.
 
Unknown Forger:  Syllabic syllabic i

Sankō close together between east dragon’s head and crest. Some of these forgeries appear to have syllabic Syllabic ha (ha-3)

All Wada Plate 25 forgeries (7 states and 6  positions, with and without the “signed” markings) have only 15 petals.
All syllabic syllablc ro
Wada Plate 25, state 1: sankō in color of stamp on either side betwwen second and third central characters.
Wada: Plate 25, State 1

Sankō on either side of central characters.

 

 

 
Wada Plate 25, state 2: sankō in color of stamp vertical under central characters..
Wada: Plate 25, State 2

Sankō in color of stamp vertical under central characters.

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Wada Plate 25, state 4: mozō in color of stamp under lowest central character.
Wada: Plate 25, State 4

Mozō in color of stamp horizontal under central characters.

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Wada Plate 25, state 5 & 6: faint sankō in color of stamp between dragons and inner frame.
Wada: Plate 25, State 5

Faint sankō in color of stamp.  Also exists in blue phantom color as state 6.

 

 

 

Unsigned” Forgeries

 

 

Genuine with Hirose: Position 1, State 1
 
Hirose: Position 1, State 1

 Syllabic  syllablc ro (ro-2)

Genuine with Hirose: Position 1, State 1
 
Hirose: Position 2, State 1

 Syllabic  syllablc ro (ro-2)

Cherry Blossom10 sen green: Genuine with Spiro
 
Spiro

 Syllabic  syllablc ro (ro-2)

 
Cherry Blossom10 sen green: Genuine with Unknown Forger
 
Unknown forger

 Syllabic  syllablc ro (ro-2)

 
Cherry Blossom10 sen green: Genuine with Wada, Plate 25, State 3
 
Wada: Plate 25, State 3

Syllabic  syllablc ro (ro-2) – 15 petals in crest

 
Cherry Blossom10 sen green: Genuine with Wada, Plate 25, State7
 
Wada: Plate 25, State 7

Syllabic  syllablc ro (ro-2) – 15 petals in crest

 
Cherry Blossom10 sen green: Genuine with Wada, Plate 26
 
Wada: Plate 26

Syllabic  syllablc ro (ro-2) – 16 petals in crest

 

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.

ABC (Kurabu) Club Forgery, 10 sen green syllabic ハ (ha-3) – Design 114

State 1, 2, 3  & 5 (No. 28)

Characteristics of Design 100-A:

      1.  Break.
Genuine 10 sen green syllabic ハ with ABC: Design 114

Reproductions

 

Japan Stamp Publicity Association

 

Cherry Blossom10 sen green: Genuine with JSPA from sheet No. 9
Genuine with 10 sen green from JSPA Sheet No. 9 Issued 20 November 1962.

The stamp on this sheet reproduces the genuine 10 sen green issue of  February 1874 with Syllabic  syllablc ro (ro-2) on wove paper.  The reproduction  is imperforate on cream-colored wove paper.   Click here to see more information about JSPA reproductions.