20 November 2014

Bogus Bhutanese Stamps with Cambodian Stamp Design


Some more bogus stamps. 

Below is a poorly produced bogus Bhutanese sheetlet of six stamps on the topic of fish.  What makes this sheetlet too amateur is the Khmer scripts which Bhutan has never used, and the curreny is "k" but the national currency of Bhutan is actually ngultrum "Nu":



Sounds very Cambodian.  Yes, it does, and the design too, it is faithfully adopted from two Cambodian stamps:



The cyprinid is from the 1983 "Cambodian Fish" set.  It is tinfoil barb which can be found in the TonlĂ© Sap, the Cambodian Mekong and other rivers and streams of the country.  The red fish stamp is from the 1999 "Aquarium Fish" set, the fish featured is clown rasbora, a species of ray-finned fish in Malaysia.




12 November 2014

Bogus Cat Stamps of Cambodia



Cambodia, just as many developing countries, has fallen victim of the bogus stamp trade since 1990s.  Thematic bogus stamps, sheetlets, deluxe sheets, and even cancellations often succeed in deceiving casual collectors as philatelic information of modern Cambodia is rare.

In 2011 I did a blog entry on the helicopter bogus (click here to read).  Here is another bogus with very similar layout, same "denomination" of 1500r and year "2010": 



The cat bogus souvenir sheets have the same presentation format as those of General Charles de Gaulle sheets reported by Thierry Wiart in the journal Indo-China Philatelist #198: 2 souvenir sheets of 2 vertically joined pair of stamps each, very likely a sheetlet of 9 stamps exists as well.  The country name is in English, same as the helicopter bogus.  So far I only see the imperforate version.