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6-Cent Eisenhower stamp counterfeits

circa 1969

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Pane of 100 6-cent Eisenhower counterfeit stamps turned over to postal inspectors during a 1981 investigation. These counterfeits from 1970-1972 are blue-black, unlike the original stamp’s dark blue gray color. The perforations are different (measuring 10-1/2 rather than 11 x 10-1/2). They also noticeably have a flatter finish and general loss of detail, particularly in the eyes, lips, and shadowed areas, due to the offset lithography method.

Museum ID: 2013.2011.149.1

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