Dragon Additions

 

References are provided to the relevant pages on the CD-ROM where X: is the drive letter of your CD-ROM. Users should substitute the letter of their CD-ROM drive for the X is every case. All pages quoted can be accessed directly on the CD-ROM or found by a logical search through the indexes. Click thumbnail image to see enlargements.

 

 

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X:\HIROSE\HIROS_DR.HTM and
X:\HIROSE\A48.HTM

(Posted 2004.11.2)

The introduction page (X:\HIROSE\HIROS_DR.HTM) to the Hirose Dragon forgeries mentions that they were printed in sheets of 48 (6 x 8). However to date, multiples of Hirose forgeries have been as elusive to find as those of Wada. Recently a joined vertical pair of the 48 mon Die A forgery was discovered.

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X:\UNKNOWN\UNKN_DR.HTM

(Posted 2004.11.2)

An additional 48 mon dragon forgery has been discovered. Although classified as a 'primitive', its design is less crude than most forgeries in that category. Printed by lithography in black rather than the brown color of the genuine.

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X:\DRA48\A12S1.HTM and
X:\DRA48\A12S1_3.HTM

(Posted 2005.10.15)

An image of Wada Dragon 1/2 sen, Plate A, state I, position 3 is now available. [N.B. The absolute position of this stamp in the plate has now been determined to be position 6, old number (3)].

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X:\DRA100\A1S1.HTM and
X\:DRA100\A1S1_5.HTM

(Posted 2004.11.2)

An image of Wada 1 sen Dragon, Plate A, state I is now available. This copy (position 5) from this very rare state was described in the August 2002 edition of Japanese Philately (Vol.57. pp 97,99). [N.B., The absolute position of this stamp has now been determined to be position 1, old number (5)].

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X:\DRA100\A1S1.HTM and
X\:DRA100\A1S1_1.HTM

(Posted 2004.11.2)

Since the discovery of a copy of position 5 from Wada 1 sen Dragon, Plate A, state I (described above), a copy of position 1 from this state has also been discovered. Although the sankō characters on this example can be clearly seen under the fake cancellation on either side of the bottom character in the central inscription, the remnants of either the sankō (State II) or mozō (state III) can also be clearly seen above the central inscription.

This discovery obviously casts doubts on the existing theory of the sequence of the the three states for the 1 sen, Plate A. It is difficult to draw positive conclusions from just this one example, but it seems highly probable that state II preceded state I, similar to the manner in which the 'high sankō' state preceded the 'low sankō' state in each of Wada's 1/2 sen and 5 sen Plate A dragons. [N.B. The absolute position of this stamp in the plate has now been determined to be position 5, old number (1)].

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X:\DRA200\200MPLA.HTM

(Posted 2004.11.2)

A new state of Wada 2 sen Dragon, Plate A has been discovered with large mozō above the central characters. I have not been able to examine this only known example (position 5) any closer than from the attached blurred scan, so it has not been possible to determine or even speculate where to place this new state in the plate's chronological state order.

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X:\DRA500\A5S4.HTM

(Posted 2006.1.28)

An image of Wada Dragon 5 sen, Plate A, state IV, position 1 is now available. [N.B. The absolute position of this stamp in the plate has now been determined to be position 1, old number (1)].

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X:\HIROSE\REDINK.HTM and
X:\HIROSE\ADIE.HTM

(Posted 2004.11.2)

At the time of the publication of the CD-ROM, red sankō overprints had only been found on Cherry Blossom forgeries produced by Hirose. Recently, examples of these overprints were also discovered on three Hirose Dragon forgeries, comprised of this copy of a 48 mon Die A, as well as copies of the 200 mon Die A and 500 mon Die A (see below).

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X:\HIROSE\REDINK.HTM and
X:\HIROSE\ADIE.HTM

(Posted 2004.11.2)

As described above, a red sankō overprint has recently been found on this Hirose 200 mon Die A forgery.

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X:\HIROSE\REDINK.HTM and
X:\HIROSE\ADIE.HTM

(Posted 2004.11.2)

As described above, a red sankō overprint has recently been found on this Hirose 500 mon Die A forgery.

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X:\HIROSE\REDINK.HTM and
X:\KAMIGATA\KAMI100T3.HTM

(Posted 2004.11.2)

As well as the three Hirose Dragon forgeries described above, a more sensational find has been the discovery of a red sankō overprint on a Kamigataya 100 mon Type 3 forgery. There is no question that this forgery was produced by Maeda and published by Kamigataya, as copies have been seen on Kamigataya tourist sheets and its design characteristics are similar to other Maeda forgeries. However, the existence of a red sankō overprint on a forgery other than those produced by Hirose certainly raises some questions as to who applied these overprints, as well as when and for what purpose. Certainly the research by Endō Hideo on common cancellations applied to the early forgeries suggests that the relationship between the various forgers was closer than previously assumed.

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