23 June 2009

Bogus Princess Diana Stamps

On 15th December 1997 Cambodia issued a sheetlet of 8 stamps plus 1 label in remembrance of the deceased Princess Diana, and highlighted her influential role in supporting the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Cambodia suffers one of the worst landmine problems in the world. Every year hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians are injured or killed by landmines, many of them are just innocent young people. Landmines do not only bring casualties, they occupy habitable land, farms and water resources, which ultimately hinder the country's social development and economic recovery.

Side product of this issue is a set of 3 official FDC of the 8 stamps.

Bogus printers never miss a chance for lucre. Bogus Diana stamps emerged soon when the world mourned.

In Europe there are dealers carrying a set of 8 bogus épreuves de luxe (deluxe sheets), and a bogus stamp in sheetlet of 9. The épreuves de luxe have the same design as the authentic Diana stamps, while the stamps in sheetlet of 9 has a "new" design. To make the sheetlet look sophisticated, logo of CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Centre) is on the selvedge of the sheetlet.

Filthy labels.

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