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Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series


Original band
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series

This splendid band possesses a simple yet sophisticated look. The metallic gold coloring on the borders and upon the raised, scripted "Padrón" has a medium luster. Thin, grayish horizontal lines run parallel to and inside two rows of gold dots. "1964" is printed twice, flanking the word "Aniversario." On the entire back of the band -- which isn't posted on this site -- are brown sequential signatures of José O. Padrón forming diagonal rows from the bottom of the band to the top.


Counterfeit purchased in Nicaragua

Counterfeit purchased in Nicaragua
This counterfeit is quite similar to the real band with regards to the printed words, especially the scripted "Padrón" in the center. Yet this counterfeit lacks the glitter of the gold coloring found in the genuine article. Also, the fine grayish lines that run horizontally from the centerpiece are blue and poorly printed, almost like they were printed from an old dot matrix printer. The brownish hue in the center is slightly more maroon than the darker shade of brown in the genuine band. On the back of the band—not seen here—the diagonal signatures of José O. Padrón match the erroneous maroon shade of the counterfeit centerpiece—the signatures should be brown.
Counterfeit of unknown origin

Counterfeit of unknown origin
This band is the right length and is properly cut. At a glance it seems real, but it's not. The coloring is inaccurate. The wings are a light orange-yellow instead of off-white, and the gold tone that should possess a slight luster looks yellow. On the centerpiece, this fake has a slightly lighter maroon tone than the darker, genuine article, and the scripted "Padrón" is hazy. On the back of the band (not shown), the diagonal "Jose O. Padrón" signatures are not crisp.