RPSL

The two RPSL opinions stating that the Hugo cover was faked are now “returned and treated as void, that is, not to have been issued, and the submission fees refunded.”

 

The UK’s Royal Philatelic Society Ltd (RPSL) had previously issued two certificates of opinion in 2006 and 2014 which declared the cover a fake.

However a raft of comprehensive forensic and document testing using cutting-edge scientific equipment, by leading experts in Europe and The Americas, has confirmed, that the stamps or cover have not been faked or tampered with, and in the January 2019 issue of their London Philatelist magazine, the RPSL Ltd published the fact that their two earlier certificates: “were returned and treated as void, that is, not to have been issued, and the submission fees refunded.” See below.

Additionally the RPSL earlier stated in the same publication, dated July/August 2015 that: “We have no hesitation in confirming our 2006 opinion that all 3 stamps have ‘77’ stamps, faked from Plate 73.”  In the January 2019 issue, they now put on public record the following: ‘the wordsWe have no hesitation in confirming our 2006 opinion that all 3 stamps have ‘77’ stamps, faked from Plate 73 are retracted from the article”’. 

See below.

 

The cover now stands completely unchallenged, as far as its authenticity is concerned.  

Three highly respected, long established and fully recognised Expertisation Committees have formally issued Photo Certificates of genuineness for the item based on close and detailed examination and after studying the forensic and scientific reports. It should be noted that these three certificates were issued afterwards and in the full knowledge of the original negative RPSL opinions which the RPSL now confirms are voided.

There are now no Expert Certificates issued from anywhere stating the piece, and all 3 stamps are anything other than fully genuine.

 

 

The statement in the London Philatelist January 2019 edition is as follows:

 

“GB 1d Red 1864 stamp on cover from Victor Hugo showing a number 77

In order to settle disagreement with the owner, Mr Abed Najjar, of the above stamps on cover, the words “We have no hesitation in confirming our 2006 opinion that all 3 stamps have ‘77’ stamps, faked from Plate 73” are retracted from the article contained in the July/August 2015 edition  of the London Philatelist and the later reference to “being bullied” by Mr Najjar contained in the Annual General Meeting report for RPSL Ltd contained in the July/August 2018 edition of the London Philatelist are withdrawn.

The parties agreed in November 2014 that Mr Najjar would withdraw his 2006 and 2014 submissions for  certificates of opinion and consequently the certificates of opinion were returned and treated as void, that is, not to have been issued, and the submission fees refunded.”