50-Cent Lucy Stone Counterfeits

Partial sheet of counterfeit 50-cent Lucy Stone stamps
Partial sheet of counterfeit 50-cent Lucy Stone stamps
Partial sheet of counterfeit 50-cent Lucy Stone stamps
Ridges and details made in printing of a stamp can tell a lot about how it was produced. But it was the ridges of a fingerprint that broke the case of the 50-cent Lucy Stone counterfeit stamps. In evidence gathered during a raid, inspectors found a full thumbprint that had transferred a nearly complete impression of the Lucy Stone stamp’s image. Crime lab analysts found 11 other prints and three latent prints on the incriminating scrap paper that the counterfeiters used in their home printing shop. The thumbprint pointed to the son in a father and son counterfeiting team whose residence was searched by the Postal Inspection Service and Secret Service in 1995.(1) Officials seized $165,000 in counterfeit stamps, paper supplies, ink, and printing equipment.

  1. Wayne L. Youngblood, "Fingerprint Impression of Stamp Design Part of Lucy Stone Counterfeiting Case," Linn’s Stamp News (12 Feb 1999) p. 1.