Thanks for posting this question Ram. Before your post I wasn't aware of this issue or the forgeries.
And what should I run into a couple of days ago when going through an old WW collection a purchased a *long* time ago and just getting around to working with? The 10c and 20c King Albert 1914 semi-postal issue!
Using the site listed earlier (Postzegels - De Merode) and another site on Belgium Fake stamps, I was able to identify the 20c as an "Easy Falsification Type 2" (as the first site calls them). The easiest way for me to pick this one out (and this applies to all three of the "easy" fakes for this issue), is by the three pearls between the "BELGIE" and denomination. Two of the easy types also have a white line between the portrait and the pearls.
In addition to the shape of the "Q" in Belgique looking like an "O", the three pearls and line make it easy to spot fakes on EBay and other auction sites. I've been having fun looking through the auction site listings and spotting the fakes.
But, since the Scott catalog mentions that about 90% of these issues on the market are counterfeits, even the fakes I can't spot as fakes are mostly likely fakes. Not something I would buy thinking it was genuine.
Easy to spot even with a bad scan. These are the two I found in that old collection.
For the 10c issue, the site on Belgium Fakes says "it's arguably the most dangerously forged stamp of Belgium - rivaled only by the rare 5F 1878", due mainly to the difficulty in identifying the counterfeit issue.
There is also a small book on the issue that I found a citation for: Belgium, The Forgeries of The Red Cross Small Albert Heads of 1914 by H. Dober, 1989. For any APS members, the APS has this in their reference library. I couldn't find anything else about this book on the internet except the citation.
I spent the day working on my Belgium collection so I took the opportunity to revisit this section of the forum.
This is about a year late in responding to jkjblue's request for images of genuine stamps but here are three (Scott B25-27) from the Philatelic Foundation database that were certified as being genuine.
Just found this thread. I found this stamp in an old archive and kept it hoping it was real. Seems to pass most of the tests. What do you think ?
Nice scan! I am surprised "classical stamps" has no Belgians listed. I have a faint memory that I have read these red cross have been forged. I cannot comment on yours, other than the print impression looks a tad dodgy. Needs Googling for further info.
I am certain it is a sheet of facsimiles, forgeries, reproductions... or simply fake The paper appears to have a watermark (like a bank note), but it is very faint and I cannot get it to show up in a photo