Fake and sample number (licence) plate photos

161-Kazakhstan samples

Now we come to the former Soviet Union (FSU) countries. When the various countries gained independence at the collapse of the Soviet Union, all re-plated with their own distinct styles between 1992 and 1996. Nearly all these countries suffered from an excess of mint unused plates going straight from the factory in Germany to collectors in Germany. These were then sold on as the genuine article. Just about all the mint first series after independence plates in collections are samples and they have never been to the country they represent.
There is no such thing as a correct design mint plate that has come from the actual country it is made for as the FSU countries are very strict about not letting any plates out of their hands.
Moral: Mint German made FSU plates are always samples and often of the wrong design.

Kazakhstan.
Utsch don’t have the contract for Kazakh plates and so there are not many. These are most of the few known examples. Where they were made I do not know but the top 6 all have incorrect spacing of the letters – I guess they are samples rather than fakes. The 2 foreigner (H) plates could be real but are mint and suspiciously close together. The last 2 are test designs (AA-JI from Utsch and on display in the Ras Al Khaimah plate factory) and are nothing like any plate ever seen in Kazakhstan.

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