Between March 1915 and Oktober 1916 printer Verschueren produced an enormous amount of forgeries. Real forgeries, while they were not made using the original printing stones.
After the beginning of the shelling of Antwerp on 7/10/1914, the printing was stopped, the lithografic stones were destroyed and the remaining paper was burnt in a nearby bakery.But some original autografies and some not-used autografies ( who had defects) remained in the printing-office. Using these Verschueren made new lithographic stones
There are two types of forgeries:
1)The forgeries who have the Q in BELGIQUE closed. These are made by using a rejected autografie.
2)The forgeries with the Q in Belgique open, using original autographies wihout defects, also used to make the original stamps.

The easiest way to distinguish the real stamps is as follows:
1) Q closed in BELGIQUE: forgerie
2)The four upper lines in the section above the word "BELGIË" consist of little squares,who are always clearly visible.The type 2 forgeries has filled up lines.
We now give a replication of the booklette : ' The Red Cross stamps of 1914' by the study group of counterfeitings with as president mister Roger Vervisch, which offers an excellent overvieuw of these problems.

GENERAL CARACTERISTICS OF THE REAL STAMPS

Perforation: 14 or not-perforated. Perforated stamps have the same characteristics as the non-perforated.
Paper: granular, cream-coloured (5 and 10 cent) or rosy-purple (20 cent). Influenced by light or water the latter becomes cream-coloured.
Gum: thin, a little bit shining, with little craquelures who form a pattern of sloping strips (the gum of the falsificated stamps is either lightly cracked with vertical stripes, or cracked very explicit, thick, spread irregular or to shining.)

1) The letters B and E of BELGIQUE don't touch one another.
2) The sloped line at the bottom of the L of BELGIQUE is short.
3) The cedilla in the Q of BELGIQUE is drawn very clearly.
    It has a different form in all three values.

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The lines are drawn clearly and regularly and show very little irregularities and interruptions.
The form of the curls before and after BELGIQUE is different in all the three values.




In general the crosses have right angles and the compact pale-red colour covers the whole surface very well, without lacks or crackx. Concerning the 10 cent the cross is printed in the same colour of the rest of the stamp.
The four upper lines in the section with the words BELGI╦ consists in fact of little squares, visible even in the thick-printed stamps. The false stamps have full lines.

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The genuine 5 centime.
 

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The descending line of the left 5 is slightly bend and thinner on the upper side but not broken. Enlarging the right scroll of this figure, we can see one, two or sometimes more points. The foot is also thinner but not broken.
BELGIQUE in the middle of the section.
The leaf above the first E of BELGIQUE is not attached to these letter.
The letters E-L and U-E of BELGIQUE touches one-another on the upper and the under side.
Second E of BELGIQUE is closed.
A white line joins the right upper side of these letter and the scroll before the figure 5.
The letters of BELGI╦ are touching each-other at the foot.

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The easy falsification of the 5 centime.
 

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The descending line of the left 5 has no thinning.
Belgique closer to the upper line of the section.
The leaf above the first E of BELGIQUE almost touches this letter.
The stand -up line of the L of BELGIQUE is too long.
Q of BELGIQUE has no cedilla, is in fact an O.
The second E of BELGIQUE and the scroll before the 5 are not attached one-another with a white line.
The letters of BELGI╦ are free from each-other.
The shaded lines above and left of BELGI╦ are not drawn clearly.
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The dangerous falsification of the 5 centime.
 

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The descending line of the left 5 is broken. The foot is also frequently broken.
Shorter or broken line in the volute above the 5 at the right.
Bent line almost disappeared in the little circle above right.
Printing not-well-done, especially between the legs of the standing figure.
The shaded lines above and left of BELGI╦ not well printed.

The rest of the characteristics are the same as the real stamps.
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The genuine stamp of 10 centime.
 

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BELGIQUE closer to the top of the section.
A leaf almost touches the first E of BELGIQUE.
Semi-circular line in the scroll above the L of BELGIQUE.
The part of the leaves above the letter Q of BELGIQUE almost forms a straight line.
Second E of BELGIQUE is open.
Semi-circular line in the scroll above the 10.
Two lines or two rows with points (sometimes difficult visible) in the 0 of the 10 at the right.
The letters of BELGI╦ are touching each-other at the bottom.
White line under the second E of BELGI╦.
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The easy forgery of the 10 centime.
 

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BELGIQUE in the middle of the section.
The leafs are further away from the first E of BELGIQUE.
The stand-up-line at the foot of the L of BELGIQUE is too long.
Q of BELGIQUE is actually an O.
The leave above the U of BELGIQUE has a curly appendix.
Second E of BELGIQUE is closed.
Scroll before the 10 at the right as by the 5 centime.
No white line under the second E of BELGI╦.
Letters of BELGI╦ are separated from each other.
The shaded lines above and left of BELGI╦ are not drawn clearly.
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The dangerous falsification of the 10 centime.
 

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Multiple interruptions in the ribs of the leafs.
No line or a barely visible line in the scroll above the L of BELGIQUE.
No point or only one point in the 0 of the 10 on the right.
No line or an interrupted line in the globe at the top right .
Lines in the leafs interrupted (continuous in the real stamps).
Printing not-well-done between the legs of the standing figure.
The shaded lines above and left of BELGI╦ not well formed.

The rest of the characteristics are the same of these of the real stamps.
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The real 20 centime.
 

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BELGIQUE closer to the top line of the sector. The letters BEL are closer to the top side than the other letters.
20 at the left: little notch in the scroll of the 2;Little excavation in the ornamental leaf opposite to the beginning of the foot of the 2;
Coloured point in the right part of the 0.
Only the letters UE of BELGIQUE are touching each other.
Second E of BELGIQUE is open.
Little coloured point (sometimes barely visible) in the middle of the 0 of the 20 at the right.
The line in the scroll to the right of the second E of BELGIQUE is broken in the middle, but not more than that.
The beginning of the foot of the 2 in the 20 at the right attaches the scroll or attaches it almost, but the globe-formed extremity of this scroll doesnĺt touch the 2.
The letters of BELGI╦ are attached one-another.
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The easy falsification of the 20 centime, type 1.
 

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BELGIQUE in the middle of the section.
The beginning of the foot of the 2 at the left doesnĺt penetrate in the leaf ornament.
E and L of BELGIQUE are Touching each-other.
The stand-up-line of the L of BELGIQUE is too long.
Q of BELGIQUE is an O.
Second E of BELGIQUE closed.
Scroll before 20 at the right is like the 5 centime.
The 2 in the 20 right doesnĺt touch the scroll.
Shaded lines above and left of BELGI╦ not well-printed.
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The easy forgery of the 20 centime type 2 and 3.
 
 
Same characteristics as the type 1 but:


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Type 3:
the 2 at the right touches the globe-shaped extremity of the scroll, but not the base of it.
Q of BELGIQUE with cedilla.
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The dangerous falsification of the 20 centime.
 

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No point in the 0 or notch in the 2 of the 20 at the right.
Ribs of the leafs not well-formed.
No point in the 0 of the 20 at the right.
The line in the scroll at the right of the E of BELGIQUE is broken in three pieces, is shorter or has disappeared completely.
Shaded lines above and left of BELGI╦ not clearly printed.

The other characteristics are the same as these of the real stamps.
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