Introducing the 2023 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Counterfeits
From the Scott Editors by Jay Bigalke
The new 2023 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Counterfeits is the essential reference work for collectors of United States counterfeit stamp issues. It is also the go-to reference for users of postage stamps who want to know the differences between authentic postage stamps and counterfeits of a given issue.
Postal counterfeits and nonpostal and revenue counterfeits are listed in separate sections in the catalog.
Counterfeiting of U.S. forever stamps increased exponentially in 2021 with most new issues being faked. Scott catalog editors have noted within the Postage section of the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers what stamp issues are known to exist as counterfeits and have placed that information in footnotes.
Because of the large number of new counterfeit forever stamps (more than 300 major numbers in the last year), Scott editors have decided to only list denominated and earlier counterfeits in the 2023 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog.
No forever or postcard-rate counterfeits are included in the 2023 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog for the years 2007 to date.
The forever counterfeits are included in this new catalog of counterfeits.
If just denominated counterfeit issues were listed, the new catalog would only be 17 pages long. With the explosion of forever counterfeit issues, it is 97 pages. More counterfeits have already been reported as the catalog was heading to press in January.
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