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    A Small Group of "Romain" Counterfeits

    1¢ Lord & Taylor "Romain" Counterfeit. Created in the 1960's and sold by either their creator or his agents into the numismatic marketplace. The cases are reasonably good fabrications, duplicating four different merchants. These are Lord & Taylor, Kirkpatrick & Gault, Take Ayer's Pills and Ayer's Sarsaparilla (Medium Ayer's.) Although reasonably deceptive, after just a little bit of studying these fakes, no one should be fooled. The cases are generally quite dark, sometimes giving the appearance of toned, silvered pieces. They are a slightly different shape and size both face and back. The tabs are shaped differently, as is the front of the frame. Each merchant has definitive telltale characteristics that can be easily spotted once they are known. The only thing genuine in these "Romain" fakes is the stamp. The mica is not mica, but a modern plastic. It is always crystal clear, with a high gloss to the surface. They are covered and illustrated on page 449 of Fred Reed's book. Mr. Mayer had three of the four different merchants, lacking only a Take Ayer' Pills, which we have also photographed with this group to help with the identification of these modern fakes. This first example of Mr. Mayer's is a One Cent Lord & Taylor. We have seen these sell as fakes for several hundred dollars (and also as real for thousands), as most collectors want at least one as a sample. Bank Note Reporter recently ran an exhaustive study of these pieces authored by Fred Reed.
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection
    Lots 12775 and 12840 have been withdrawn from the sale. Mr. Mayer's agent believes that all encasements containing previously used stamps, proofs, or stamps not of the period to be alterations. At his request they have been removed and will be given to the Philatelic Foundation along with Lots 12970 through 12982.

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    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
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