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September 17, 2010

1895 Postage Stamp Scam - Philatelist Hoax

Coat of Arms, Principality of Trinidad - James Harden-Hickey
Coat of Arms, Principality of Trinidad 
- James Harden-Hickey

Here's a great story I just came across. It seems wherever there is a demand, dodgy people will try to come up with a scam. This article describes a number of philatelist scams of the past. Here's a snippet -
The next that was heard of him, he was in New York having changed his name and status to Prince James I of the Principality of Trinidad. In New York, he called on an unsuspecting printer and ordered a series of stamps for his “realm”.

Full article - Stamps of No Country - Some Postage Stamp Hoaxes
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