On October 2, 2001 Mauritius issued Mahatma Gandhi stamp to celebrate 100th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi visit to Mauritius in 1901.
Now look at that FDC and you will see 2001 stamp(Rs 15) as well as 1969 stamp(Rs 1) on the FDC.
2001 stamp was cancelled by Mauritius Post with special FDC cancellation, but 1969 stamp was cancelled with regular Mauritius Post cancellation. By doing this creator of this cover is making a unique FDC.
Yes this is Unique but to me it looks like FAKE.
Postmark Cancellation on 1969 stamp with date looks like possible Forgery or FAKE. Reason for my assumption for FAKE is that this cancellation is different than other issued by Mauritius Post.
If you look at above cancellation then TIME ( XX:XX AM/PM ) is missing on that cancellation. Also look at the sharpness of the cancellation as if it is used on very few.!!
Not sure why TIME is missing.?
Look at following other cancellation issued by Mauritius Post and they all have Time mentioned in it. Also one of them is REGISTER cancel which also has time.
I think all Mauritius Cancellation selling by 2-3 particular seller looks forgery. I think this is just plain example of buying a stamp and put it on paper or any FDC or cover and selling it a unique FDC or Register Stamp on paper and make more money.
Just postmark lot of stamps on cover or paper and start selling so no one will notice which one is real or fake.!! I see lot of this on very beautiful stamps of fish, trees, plants etc from Mauritius. So AVOID it if possible instead of just getting trap in this kind of activities.
According to me we need to be aware of all Mauritius Gandhi Register cover with 1969 stamps and MS, FDC, 1969 Miniature Sheet, register used stamps etc.
It's very easy to make this kind of cancellation so BEWARE on all other cancellation on USED covers from any countries!!! It's very hard to find a Genuine cancellation.!!
I also think there might be possible FAKE cancellation on other countries also. So Beware before you buy. Don't just buy it if it looks unique.!!
One example of FAKE philatelic material is Germany Gandhi Cancellation issued on October 2nd 2009. Click following link to read it.
Don't know why FAKE on October 2nd.!!
If you have any proof that this is real then please let us know and we can confirm with you and let everyone know that this is indeed real cancellation.
Now what do you think about this cancellation.? Please let us know your opinion.
Other blog posts about Mauritius Gandhi Stamp Sheet Cover.
1) Pricing Study of Mauritius Used Covers
2) Price Decline of Mauritius FDC.
This is how stamp printers and stamp dealers prosper!!
When it comes to UNIQUE or RARE stamps or cover or usage then make sure about it.!!!
Otherwise it will be your UNIQUE purchase (valueless)!!
If you like this blog post then please check out our other blog post related to some other FAKE Gandhi Philatelic material. (It's interesting to read all 7 blog post, so please read.!)
Maldives : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/12/maldives-gandhi-stamps-is-it-fake.html
Germany : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/08/its-back-again-fake-germany-2009-gandhi.html
Mauritius : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/06/possible-fake-postmark-cancellation.html
Madagascar : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/12/madagascar-gandhi-stamps-fake-fdc-of.html
Nicaragua : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/07/fake-fdc-made-from-nicaragua-1979-1980.html
Mauritius : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2011/11/early-usage-of-indian-pin-code-classic.html
1969 issues : http://gandhiphilately.blogspot.com/2009/04/gandhi-1969-cancels-possible-forgeries.html
After reading above blog post don't you think similar pattern for making FDC or Max Card in Gandhi Philately.!! (It's a whole new topical Philately !! FAKE Gandhi thematic collection.!!)
Again thanks for reading and Please share your thoughts in the comments section.
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