Ebay Item # 2910583236 is an interesting example of an APEX Certificate that is completely erroneous.  Here is the description for this lot:

The APS Certificate reads: "Germany - local issue, Michel No. V2III, unused, no gum, genuine, pin hole."

The certificate number isn't legible, but it was issued on Aug. 13, 1997 (at a time when Dr. Bohne was still expertizing German locals for APEX, even though he was ill and would die the following year).

A more correct description of the lot would be:

"Germany - COD label soaked from a cover, worthless".  I communicated my opinion on this to Mercer Bristow and Robert Lamb on Feb. 7, 2003.

The listing for this issue in Michel (2008 edition) is as follows:

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1945, end of July. Triangular COD label used as fee paid label.  Three various types, amount of fee entered by hand in red or blue ink; "Nachnahme" crossed out; shorthand handstamp in various positions; line perf. 11½ (Type A I and II) or imperf. (Type I).

Type A I:

"Nachnahme" in Antiqua typeface, above that the amount of the fee and below that the word "Remboursement", line perf. 11½

Type I:

"Nachnahme" in Fraktur typeface, amount of the fee in one or two of the lower corners, with "Remboursement", imperf.

Type II:

"Nachnahme" in Fraktur typeface, above that the amount of the fee, without "Remboursement", line perf. 11½

 
mint used cover
 V 2 15 (Pf) black on brownish red   
    A I Type A I, perf. 11½ 350,—    300,—    600,—   
    I Type I, imperforate 400,—    350,—    700,—   
    II Type II, perf. 11½ 350,—    300,—    600,—   

Varieties

 V 2 III

Figure of value missing (Type A I and I)

600,—     500,—     750,—    
 V 2 IV

"Nachnahme" in Antiqua typeface, not crossed-out, red figure of value in lower left corner, imperf.

750,—     750,—    
 V 2 V

Like V 2 IV, however "Nachnahme: in Fraktur typeface

850,—     850,—    
 V 2 VI Like V 2 V, however two figures of value in red —,—     —,—    
 V 2 I/III

Pair, one stamp without figure of value, "Nachnahme" not crossed out

1200,—    

Michel numbers V 2 IV - VI are postally-valid reprints produced in the Nov. 1945 to Jan. 1946 timeframe for dealers and collectors.

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OK, let's look at the stamp in question.  The scan isn't very good.  Here's the best I could do with it:

For comparison, here's a genuine copy of Michel V 2 AI (to see a cover, click here). The line through "Nachnahme" and the shorthand stamp are present, although faint.

Allegedly, this is Michel V 2 III.  Therefore, the following should be true, per the Michel description:

1.  Should be type I (imperf.) - nope, this is Type II (which only exists perf.).
2.  "Nachnahme" should be crossed out - doesn't appear to be.
3.  Validating shorthand handstamp should be present - doesn't appear to be.

Three strikes and you're out!

For those not familiar with the shorthand handstamp, here's the story.

Every Grossraschen provisional stamp was "validated" by a (usually) purple handstamp of unintelligible squiggles.  Actually, the squiggles are German shorthand and translate to "Correspondence in German shorthand desired". (See the 46th Congress Book (1980), pages 38-39, for more information.)  Here's a scan that clearly shows the shorthand stamp near the bottom (Michel V31, the crossed hammers are drawn by hand rather than handstamped):

Oh yeah, the alleged V 2 III should either have gum or a cancellation.  This example has neither. Not exactly damning, except that it suggests how this "stamp" was produced:

Now, how difficult would it be to soak the Nachnahme label off of this cover and submit it for expertizing as V 2 III like the above non-existant imperforate Type II:

Or this one, which really does exist without figures of value (V 2 III/Type I).  It would not be terribly difficult to cross out "Nachnahme".  The shorthand stamp might be a bit harder to fake.  But who knows, maybe the expertizer won't care.

Now, who can tell me what's really interesting about this cover?

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