National Assembly Special issue on a domestic registered cover. I think this cover is a backdated cancellation forgery. This recently surfaced cover was created sometime after the cancellation date using a backdated cancellation.
A close examination indicates this cover is using genuine stamps of National Assembly Special Issue (Sc 92-92D, Mi 78I-83I) and backdated cancellation “KAUNAS SENMIESTIS b” applied on the added stamps.
There is no doubt that this cancellation was in private hands as other examples exist of this cancellation applied to WW2 occupation issues.
Thanks to Dr. Vytautas Doniela for providing additional information that helped to identify this fake cover.
I’ve seen one too many forgeries listed in a single sale at a reputable auction house so I’m going to finally break my silence.
It’s fairly easy to spot these fake Lithuanian covers many of them cancelled with forged “KAUNAS centr. C”, “KAUNAS Vilijampole a” cancellations. Similar fake covers recently were spotted at the Status International – Auction 299. Also we have seen many similar fake covers regularly sold on eBay by sellers like “polmar48”.
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