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LotNo. Symbol Lot Description
162 ogbl image1897, Large Figures wide surcharge on Dowager, 2nd printing, 5¢ on 5ca yellow (Chan 60. Scott 51), pane of 20 with interpanne margin at left; brilliant color, unused with practically full original gum; brown spots on gum due to natural gum build up, the two left stamps in last row have trimmed perforations at bottom, Fine to Very Fine and fresh. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 60] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$7,000-9,000
Selling for...HK$3,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
163 ogbl image1897, Large Figures wide surcharge on Dowager, 2nd printing, 10¢ on 9ca yellow green (Chan 62. Scott 53), block of ten (5 x 2) with sheet margin at right; lovely clear color on fresh white paper, unused with practically full original gum (minor natural brown streaks), a few irregular perforations, Very Fine, a scarce multiple. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 62] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$8,000-10,000
Selling for...HK$8,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
164 O image1897, Large Figures wide surcharge on Dowager, 2nd printing, 10¢ on 9ca yellow green (Chan 62. Scott 53), interesting variety showing a break in the "0" of "10" at 5 o'clock, light c.d.s., Fine to Very Fine, with 2012 China Stamp Society certificate. Scott $125 (HK$ 980). (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Get Market Data for [China 62] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$600-800
Selling for...HK$300.00
Will close during Public Auction
165 O image1897, Large Figures wide surcharge on Dowager, 2nd printing, 30¢ on 24ca deep rose red (Chan 64. Scott 55), group of three, one with central Newchwang Large Dollar Dater, two with pakua cancels; fresh with strong color, Fine to Very Fine. Scott $1,200 (HK$ 9,450). (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 64] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$2,400-3,000
Selling for...HK$1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
166 og/ng image1897, Large Figures narrow surcharges on Dowager, 2nd printing, six values including both 10¢ surcharges (Chan 65-66, 68-69, 71-72. Scott 65-66, 68-71), unused with large part original gum, the 4¢ on 4ca and 10¢ on 9ca without gum, the 10¢ on 12ca has short perforations at top, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 65-66, 68-69, 71-72] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$1,200-1,500
Selling for...HK$800.00
Will close during Public Auction
167 og image1897, Small 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue (Chan 84. Scott 79), position 10, with characteristic inking of surcharge frame at side of the "Dah"; deep bright color, centred to top, unused with large part original gum, hinge remainders, short perforation at top, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$1,200-1,500
Selling for...HK$600.00
Will close during Public Auction
168 og image1897, Small 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue (Chan 84. Scott 79), position 3, deep bright color, well centered within large margins, unused with large part original gum which is a little disturbed, Fine to Very Fine, fresh. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$2,000-2,500
Selling for...HK$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
169 ogbl image1897, Small 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue (Chan 84. Scott 79), block of six from the lower left corner of the sheet, positions 21-22/11-12/21-22; centered to foot, unused without gum, folded horizontally between rows 1 and 2; one stamp has slight thinning and another has faint yellowing on one side, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China 84] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$30,000-40,000
Selling for...HK$15,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
170 O image1897, Small and Large 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue group of four (Chan 84, 84g, 88. Scott 79, 79b, 80), comprising normal Small 2c, Small 2c with inverted "s" of "cents" and two Large 2c stamps, cancelled either pakua or Large Dollar Dater; various small faults, Fine to Very Fine, a few better. Scott $1,850 (HK$ 14,570). (Image1)

Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84, 84g, 88] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$4,000-5,000
Selling for...HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
171 og image1897, 1¢ on 3¢ to 4¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue group of four (Chan 84, 87-89. Scott 79-80, 81), comprising 1c, both Small and Large 2c, and Large 4c values, all with clean detail and strong color (the Large 4c in brilliant vermilion), o.g., hinged; both 2c examples with toned gum, showing to the front on the Large 2c, still Fine to Very Fine. Scott $3,625 (HK$ 28,540). (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84, 87-89] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$10,000-12,000
Selling for...HK$5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
172 og image1897, 1¢ and 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenues complete (Chan 84, 87-88. Scott 79-80), comprising 1¢ on 3¢ and both Small and Large 2¢ on 3¢, each with strong color and clean paper, o.g., hinged; 1¢ small corner crease, Small 2¢ short perforation at top, Fine to Very Fine. Scott $1,975 (HK$ 15,550). (Image1) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84, 87-88] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$4,000-5,000
Selling for...HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
173 og/O image1897, Large 1¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue, Small 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue and Large 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue (Chan 84, 87, 88. Scott 78-80), including 3 of the 1¢ (one mint with gum, one mint without gum and one used), the first 2¢ is mint (o.g., lightly hinged), the other two are neatly canceled, Fine to Very Fine. Scott $3,050 (HK$ 24,020). (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84, 87, 88] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$4,000-6,000
Selling for...HK$2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
174 og/ng image1897, Small 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue, Large 1¢ on 3¢, wide character box, Large 2¢ on 3¢, and Large 4¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue (Chan 84, 87a-89. Scott 78b-81), good colors, mostly well centered, the 4¢ on 3¢ position 23 with straight edge (trimmed margin) at foot, unused, the 4¢ on 3¢ o.g., the 1¢ on 3¢ without gum, and the other two have disturbed gum, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84, 87a-89] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$6,000-8,000
Selling for...HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
175 O image1897, Red Revenues, a selection of cancellations (Chan 84, 87-88. Scott 78-80), comprising "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring datestamp ("Feb 24 1897"), "Customs/Foochow" double-ring datestamp (2, "Apl 14 97" and "Apl 26 97"), "Customs/Chungking" oval datestamp, and "Tang-ku/Post Office" c.d.s. in blue; the first three are large part complete strikes; faults, one has small tear, otherwise Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84, 87-88] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$6,000-8,000
Selling for...HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
176 O image1897, Trio of Red Revenues (Chan 84, 88, 89. Scott 79, 80, 82), comprising Small and Large 2c on 3c plus Large 4c on 3c, each sound with vibrant color, Customs or pakua cancels, Fine to Very Fine or better. Scott $1,650 (HK$ 12,990). (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84, 88, 89] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$5,000-6,000
Selling for...HK$2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
177 og image1897, Small 2¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue, inverted "s" in "cents." (Chan 84g. Scott 79b), position 15, unused with part to large part original gum, hinge remnants, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 84g] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$2,000-2,500
Selling for...HK$1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
178 og image1897, Small 4¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue (Chan 85. Scott 81), position 9, bright color, well centered, fresh, unused with large part original gum, hinge remnant, Fine to Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 85] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$3,400-4,000
Selling for...HK$3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
179 og image1897, Small $1 on 3¢ Red Revenue (Chan 86. Scott 83), a superlative example, bright exquisite color on wonderfully fresh white paper, centered within good to large margins, unused with much original gum, two perforations at top right have a barely discernable and inconsequential translucency, Very Fine and a peerless example of this legendary world rarity. Scott $900,000 (HK$ 7,086,610).

The stamp also displays non-constant surcharge varieties: partly missing horizontal stroke at top of "Yuan" and broken top of "o" in "dollar".

This is type A with the "1 Dollar" of the surcharge partly covering the word "Revenue". The type A and B ("1 dollar" completely covering the word "Revenue') stamps all come from a right surcharge plate of 25. The type C ("1 dollar" above the word "Revenue") comes from the other surcharge plate.

Only 32 examples have been recorded of this iconic stamp, which is acknowledged as the rarest regularly issued stamp of China, and ranks among the great world rarities.


References
Huang Kuang-Sheng, A Treatise on the Extant Copies of the Small One Dollar with Illustrations (Marulas Valenzuela, Philippines, 1975). This is listed as example number A-8 of the 32 extant Small One Dollar. Depicted alongside the stamp is a copy of Royal Philatelic Society Expert Committee Certificate #77924 (24 Jan. 1972) stating that the "$1 on 3c. deep red - unused is genuine".
The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. I (Taipei: Directorate General of Posts of Taiwan, 1987), p. 39. It is listed as type III, number 11.

Provenance and Auction Record
Eugene Klein (Philadelphia), July 7, 1944, Lot 366 (pair).
Saul Newbury, Robert A. Siegel (New York), June 2, 1962, Lot 418. This is the right stamp of the horizontal pair, which was later split into two singles.
Dr. James K. Senior, Robson Lowe (Basle), October 6, 1971, Lot 1287. In the auction catalog, Robson Lowe succinctly described this stamp as "brilliant mint".
Southern Stamp Service Ltd./ Peter Holcombe, Private Sale, 1976.
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Private Sale, 1980.
Lam Man Yin, Private Sale, 1983.
James B. Whang, Christie's Swire (Hong Kong), November 2, 1994, Lot 2359.
China Land Post Stamp Auctions (Shanghai), May 2, 1996, Lot 1005.
Interasia Auctions (Hong Kong), June 16, 2018, Lot 501.
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Get Market Data for [China 86] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$4,000,000-5,000,000
Selling for...HK$3,000,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
180 og image1897, Large 1¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue (Chan 87. Scott 78), position 11, bright color, well centered, mint, original gum, lightly hinged, Very Fine. (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 87] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$2,000-2,600
Selling for...HK$1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
181 og/O image1897, Large 1¢ on 3¢ Red Revenue (Chan 87. Scott 78), two: one mint (o.g., lightly hinged) and one lightly canceled, well centered, Very Fine. Scott $875 (HK$ 6,890). (Image1) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [China (Empire) 87] Visual Pricing Guide

Est. HK$2,400-3,400
Selling for...HK$1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction

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