of the printing pattern of postal stamps was a permanent preoccupation
of researchers in the field of traditional philately, starting with
the last century.
In the classical period of Romanian
philately, the most famous retouch, thus named the "great retouch"
was discovered in the year 1879 to the 4 Bani stamp "Carol
with whiskers" (Carol cu favoriti) from the 1968 issue (fig.1
right), being observed in a vertical pair belonging to the collection
of count FERRARI. This discovery was published in the famous magazine
Stamps (Timbre Postale). Later, the stamp was sold
at the 11th auction in November 1924, being purchased by DORNING
BECKTON, and after his death by Sir JOHN WILSON, custodian of the
British royal collection.
The stamp is a bright blue color,
type 8 of report block, belonging to the first issues. The
retouch was realized on the finished file and it consists of the
fact that, on the down right side, in the space situated between
the curbed line of the circle in which the effigy is placed and
the border line (space in which the horizontal lines of the normal
stamps appear), because of the wear of the cliché, the lines
were erased being completed by pointed lines, highly irregular in
An affliction, slightly similar
to the great retouch to the 4 Bani - 1868 stamp, I discovered to
the 10 Bani, straight edged stamp, from the PARIS - 1872 issue (fig.
2 left). The meander design from the right-hand upper side was affected,
being retouched rudimentary by blue colored points.
This situation is also observed
on the marginal border, on the lower right side. This stamp is also
affected on the circle that rings the pearls around the effigy,
on the upper right side. Going to the origin of this cliché's
print, we observe
that this afflictions to the right side border, as well as the pearled
circle appear to the 10 bani cliché of the cutout of this
stamp (fig. 3 right), which proves that this retouch comes from
the very first issues of the 10 Bani value.
I consider that this major and
spectacular retouch discovered to the 10 Bani Paris - 1872 issue,
is a great philatelic rarity, of postclassical Romanian philately.
These presentations offers the
chance of a similar major retouch discovery to the lacepatern edged
stamp, event that we expect with great emotion.
The stamps presented are from
the author's collection.