Cherry Blossoms: 10 Sen Green without Syllabics

Genuine

3 October 1872
Scott #15 blue green & #16 yellow green and Sakura #12 Matsuda Printing & # 20 light yellow green Government Printing on native paper.
Size 21 mm x 24 mm
 

The darker blue green & shades were the earlier printings by Matsuda, while the lighter yellow green shades were later Government printings.  Only one original plate known.

The original plate had an error.   That is the “0” in “10 sen”  was closer to the “S” of “SEN” than to the “1” of “10”.  The error was found and  corrected.  The engraver burnished out incorrectly place “0” and re-engraved the “0” in the correct position.  Later during the printing,  a portion of the old “0” appears again as blurs on the stamps.

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

 

 

Matsuda Printings
Government Printings
CB: 10 sen blue green, Matsuda early printing

Early printing with no blur around the “0” of “10”.

CB: 10 sen blue green, Matsuda later printing

Later printing with  blur around the “0” of “10”.

10 sen yellw green, Government printing - with mihon upside down at top

Government printing showing blur around the “0” of “10”.

10 sen yellw green, Government printing

Government printing showing blur worn away and possible retouch of the “0” of bottom “10” .

CB: blue green 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.

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:  The value labels of the genuine read ” 10 Sen” .  Forgeries:  The forgeries read  “1 0SEN”.

 

 

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

 

Signed” Forgeries

There are only two stamp types of the 10 sen green without syllabic that are known with sankō.  One is the Hirose type 1 known with the “red sankō” overprint.  The other is by the unknown forger who very successfully hid his sankō under a heavy cancel.  Both will be shown below with a genuine stamp.

 

 

 

 Forgeries with Genuine Stamp

 

 

CB: 10 sen green without syllabic:, Wada, Plate 11
 
Wada:  Plate 11
 
Genuine with Hirose: Position 1, State 2
 
Hirose: Position 1, State 2 “Red Sankō” overprint

See also State 1 with syllabic ロ (ro). 

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

See also State 1 with syllabic ロ (ro). 

 
CB: 10 sen green without syllabic:, Mihon type 1 with no mihon
 
Mihon Type 1

With no mihon

 
CB: 10 sen green without syllabic:, Mihon type 2 with no mihon
 
Mihon Type 2

With no mihon

 
CB: 10 sen green without syllabic:, unknown forger with sankō under cancel
 
Unknown Forger

 Small sankō under cancel

 

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 with ABC: 10 sen green without syllabics
ABC (Kurabu) Club Forgery – Design 103

State 1 (No. 12) and states 2, 3, & 5 (No. 14)

Characteristics of Design 100-A:

      1. “s” in North panel is small.
      2. Break in South inner frame line.

Reproductions

 

 

Japan Stamp Publicity Association

 

 

Tayama

 

 

JSPA: Cherry Blossom-10 sen green without syllabic:, 20 September 1961
 
JSPA  Sheet No. 2 Issued 20 September 1961

This stamp reproduces the genuine issue of 3 October 1872 on laid paper.  The reproduction is imperforate on cream-colored vertical laid paper.

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Tayama: 10 sen stamp from 1908 Report
Tayama: 1908

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

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

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