La Gloria Cubana
The Dominican La Gloria Cubana band has the same general layout as the Cuban version. Both bands have images of four ornate gold coins flanking the centerpiece (two on each side), military-red lines that fill the background, a white border that surrounds most of the design, a raised gold rope border that surrounds the white border, and a more pronounced raised border that surrounds the centerpiece. The woman in the center of the band is virtually identical on both versions. She has white skin, and is featured on a gold backdrop with a red multi-folded red cape, which matches her lipstick and the feather in her hair. She wears golden bracelets, an armband and wreath of laurels, and she has thick hair and eyebrows. The Dominican version does not say "Habana" in the bottom center of the band as the Cuban does. The red lines filling the background are thinner on the Dominican band, and the gold color of the outermost border and the centerpiece backdrop is lighter. The woman on the Cuban band is tilted slightly backward, while on the Dominican version she appears upright, and the smoke from her thin cigar is more detailed on the Dominican band.
Counterfeit purchased in the Dominican Republic
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, who makes the real Dominican La Gloria Cubana, gave us these shoddy fakes and was suitably horrified. The bands have been made—and made poorly—on some type of color copier. The colors are faded, and the band has no texture. The cigars themselves appeared crude with shabbily finished caps and substandard wrapper leaves. The boxes were made of some type of wallboard that had been covered with what appeared to be genuine La Gloria labels. The pirate who made the cigars, however, used a Corona Gorda label on one side of the box and Charlemagne on the other.