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Worldwide Stamps and Postal History continued...

China
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
236 og ImageCHINA, 1894, 1ca-24ca Dowagers (16-24; Chan 22-30). Original gum, lightly hinged or h.r., 24c with selvage at right, well-centered overall, barest trace of paper toning, otherwise Very Fine, Scott $2,733.00 (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 16-24 ]

E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
237 ogbl ImageCHINA, 1897, 9ca Yellow Green Mollendorf Printing, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (22 var; Chan 22Ma). Block of four containing two error pairs with selvage at right (also imperforate), full original gum (a little streaky as always on the Mollendorf printing), right pair lightly hinged, left pair appears Mint Never-Hinged, fresh color in the typical pastel shade, a couple trivial gum wrinkles that are consistent with this issue, for strict accuracy we will note two tiny perf thins on the bottom left stamp (truly insignificant)

VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT RARITY OF THE CHINESE EMPIRE THAT HAS NOT APPEARED ON THE MARKET IN DECADES.

The 9-candareen and higher values of the Mollendorf issue were printed in panes of 25.. It appears that only ten imperf-between pairs were printed. We are aware of only one other block of four - ex M.F. Huang. When that block was last offered in a 2015 Zurich Asia auction, it was described as the only known block (and realized HK$437,000). That description also noted there are only four examples recorded in total. This block was obviously unknown to them, which is understandable since it has been residing in a family collection for many decades.

The 2010 Chan catalogue prices an imperforate-between pair at $25,000.00 each ($50,000.00 for the two pairs). (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 22 var ]

E. $ 30,000-40,000

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
238   ImageCHINA, 1897, 4c on 3c Red Revenue, Small Format (81; Chan 85). Position 13 in the setting of 25, showing broken "n" in "cents.", well-centered, beautiful rich color

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE VERY RARE 1897 SMALL "4" CENT RED REVENUE. MADE EVEN MORE DESIRABLE BY HAVING THE UNRECORDED BROKEN "N" VARIETY.

China specialists have determined that the Small 4” Red Revenue was the first of the cents” surcharges on the 3c Red Revenue produced in Shanghai by the Inspectorate General of Customs Statistical Department. A total of 200 Small 4” stamps were prepared, the 25-subject surcharge form applied four times each to two sheets of 100. Twenty-five of these stamps exist with double surcharge, one in black and one in faint violet. It is believed that violet was the intended color of the surcharge, but due to the poor impression, these 25 and the others were surcharged in black. It was still thought the small Arabic 4” was difficult to see, so the production was halted and a larger and thicker sans-serif 4” was substituted. All of the other characters of the overprint remained the same.

Several blocks of 25 (the complete setting) of the Large 4” Red Revenue exist. Due to the many constant varieties of the many Chinese characters, the position can be determined. The stamp offered here is from position 13.

This stamp possesses a variety unlike any other, with the n” in cents” having a large gap in the right leg, with the lower part of the left leaning in” toward the left. Close examination reveal this is not merely an inking variety, but a definite break in the piece of type. We compared it three other Small 4” position 13 stamps, all unused, illustrated in ”The Revenue Surcharges China 1897 (Vol. 1)”. Of these three (one was a double surcharge), one had a broken n” identical to this stamp, while the other two did not. Our research also located several examples of the Large 4” from position 13, and none of them had the broken n”. This suggests that the break took place during the short production of the Small 4”, and the broken n” was replaced by a new piece of type at that time.

This variety is not listed in any catalogue, though it is just as prominent (but far rarer) as the 2c surcharge with broken n” in cents, which is listed in Chan (No. 84a).

The vast majority of surviving Small 4” surcharges are unused. Approximately 30 used are recorded. There are four known on cover, all used in 1900.

Scott $75,000.00 (with no premium for the variety). (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 81 ]

E. $ 20,000-30,000

SOLD for $13,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
239 og ImageCHINA, 1897, -1/2c-$5.00 Imperial Post (86-97; Chan 92-103). Original gum except $2.00 and $5.00 unused ($2.00 no gum, $5.00 regummed), couple lower values with dried gum, fresh colors, 10c and $2.00 with light bend, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, Scott $5,534.00 (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 86-97 ]

E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
240 nhbl ImageCHINA, 1897, 50c Black Green Imperial Chinese Post, Error of Color (94a; Chan 100a). Block of four with interpanneau gutter at left, original gum, top pair with light h.r., bottom pair lightly hinged, remarkably fresh, with deep color in the unmistakable Black Green shade

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1897 50-CENTS BLACK GREEN. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW KNOWN BLOCKS.

Dr. Ma believes this is a color error using ink that was intended for the 10c value. According to M.D. Chow, there were only three sheets (240 stamps) of the Black Green stamp sold. Just a handful of blocks exist today.

Scott catalogue value of $7,000.00 (as four singles) does not accurately reflect the rarity of this block. (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 94a ]

E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $3,250.00
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241 og ImageCHINA, 1898, -1/2c-$5.00 C.I.P., Watermarked (98-109; Chan 104-115). Original gum, mostly h.r., except $5.00 unused (no gum), well-centered overall, fresh colors, Very Fine, Scott $2,222.00 (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 98-109 ]

E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
242 ng ImageCHINA, 1900-06, -1/2c-$5.00 Imperial Post, Unwatermarked (110-122; Chan 116-128). Unused (no gum), a few low values with disturbed original gum, attractive colors, 2c, 5c, and 10c with small toned spots on reverse, Fine, Scott $1,876.00 (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 110-122 ]

E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
243 og ImageCHINA, 1912, $2.00 Brown Red & Yellow, Foochow Issue (136; Chan 142). Paper h.r., well-centered, brilliant colors

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1912 2-DOLLAR "PROVISIONAL NEUTRALITY". ONLY 96 STAMPS WERE OVERPRINTED FOR USE IN FOOCHOW.

Scott $5,000.00 (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 136 ]

E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $6,500.00
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244 og ImageCHINA, 1912, 50c Yellow Green, Nanking Issue (142; Chan 148). H.r., much better centering than usually found, strong color

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1912 50-CENTS "REPUBLIC OF CHINA PROVISIONAL NEUTRALITY". ONLY 87 WERE SOLD FOR USE IN HANKOW, NANKING AND CHANGSHA.

Scott $3,750.00 (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 142 ]

E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,600.00
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245 og ImageCHINA, 1912, $1.00 Red & Pale Rose, Nanking Issue (143; Chan 149). Minor h.r., strong rich colors

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1912 ONE DOLLAR "REPUBLIC OF CHINA PROVISIONAL NEUTRALITY". ONLY 87 WERE SOLD FOR USE IN HANKOW, NANKING AND CHANGSHA.

Scott $6,500.00 (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,200.00
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246 og ImageCHINA, 1912, -1/2c-$5.00 Statistical Department Overprints (146-160; Chan 152-166). Lightly hinged or h.r., -1/2c-1c, 3c-5c and 10c with extra example showing different shades, lovely colors, Fine-Very Fine, a choice set, Scott $1,827.00 (Image)

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Get Market Data for [China 146-160 ]

E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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