This incredible and unique cover is hand-written by
The cover, franked with three of the world's rarest and most sought-after stamps, is one of the world's greatest philatelic rarities.
The 1865 Victor Hugo cover was addressed by Victor Hugo, to his publishers in Brussels, and bears three examples of Great Britain’s most iconic stamp, the 1864-79 1d rose-red stamp with a plate number 77,
of which only seven other examples are known to exist, none of which are on cover.
This remarkable item is a treasure of both the literary and the philatelic worlds, and stands alone in both its rarity, and the remarkable story behind it.
The cover has been examined by forensic scientists across the globe, and every single one, without exception, has unequivocally declared that the stamps are completely untampered with, and three internationally recognised philatelic experts have declared the cover as genuine.
PHILATELIC EXPERT CERTIFICATES
THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED PHILATELIC FOUNDATION, THE AMERICAN PHILATELIC SOCIETY AND SERGIO SISMONDO HAVE, AFTER EXTENSIVE EXAMINATION, ISSUED CERTIFICATES STATING THAT THE STAMPS ARE GENUINE.
ROYAL PHILATELIC SOCIETY LONDON
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”.
The cover stands completely unchallenged, as far as its authenticity is concerned.
The UK’s Royal Philatelic Society London (RPSL) has accepted the return of their two previously issued and disproven certificates of opinion which declared the cover a fake.
The grounds upon which both opinions were issued were scientifically examined and demonstrated to be completely wrong and without foundation.
In the Jan-Feb 2019 edition of their London Philatelist magazine, the RPSL announced that these two certificates:
“were returned and treated as void, that is, not to have been issued, and the submission fees refunded.”
World accepted philatelic expert bodies, as a matter of principle, do not accept the return and voiding of their certificates, refunding monied paid and openly publishing the retractions of their claims of faking, without good reason.
This type of retraction is unprecedented in philatelic history.
WORLD RENOWNED FORENSIC SCIENTISTS UNANIMOUSLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY CONFIRM THAT THE THREE STAMPS HAVE NOT BEEN FAKED, ALTERED OR TAMPERED WITH.
The Radley Forensic Document Laboratory
“I conclude from my extensive examination of the stamps that I have found no evidence whatsoever to suggest the numbers ‘77’ on either panel on the five visible panels on the three stamps have been systematically altered from a previous number”
Reading Scientific Services Laboratories
“We have found no evidence that would support the opinion that a previous number ‘3’ was altered into a number ‘7’.”
Gene S. Hall
“I can conclude based on validated accepted analytical testing methods of micro Raman and micro EDXRF that the “3” was not changed to the number “7” on your stamps. In addition, there is no appearance of the paper fiber being disturbed if the number “3” had been changed to the number “7”.
pROFESSOR aLLAN jAMIESON
The Forensic Institute, Glasgow
“From the results and analyses provided to me no tampering has been demonstrated. Indeed, the number and the nature of the tests performed, all of which have failed to detect the evidence of tampering, provide a high degree of confidence that none exists”.