That's a brilliant example of how even the same unit can have different discs over time. A few of the letters and numbers appear to be the same as on mine- either the same or made by the same person so they're very, very close; the 'M', 'G', 'K', and the '5' look close to identical- and others are clearly different like the '4', the 'B' and the 'E'. On my disc the '7' is from a different set than the '4's, and the '4's and '7' are from a different set than the '5965' on aghs' disc. So the unit, or whomever marked their discs, apparently had elements of three different stamp sets at any given time- maybe four. It seems reasonable that letters and numbers might not be in one complete 'set', so those being different in size and style isn't odd; and one could theorize that with so many stamps, one going missing here and there isn't difficult to see happening. And since it would seem stamps were not industrially-made at the time- or there wouldn't be hundreds or thousands of different fonts- but rather by crafstmen, it doesn't seem unreasonable that one could get just single replacement letters or numbers rather than a whole new set.
Anyway, this clearly illustrates what I always say about no two different units should have an identical font on their discs- if even the same unit can have different fonts on their discs over time, it's highly unlikely two different ones would just happen to have nearly identical stamps. Fakers have one or a few sets and they make anything they choose- thus identical fonts essentially equals 99% chance of being fake.
Ohhhhh- pillage then burn...
12-01-2013 02:36 PM