Sale 1090 — United States, Possessions and Confederate States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 17-19 December, 2014
Category — Offices in China, Officials
$2.00 on $1.00 Offices in China, Double Surcharge (K16a). Slightly disturbed original gum, outstanding centering, clear second surcharge
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 OFFICES IN CHINA WITH THE DOUBLE SURCHARGE ERROR. SCARCE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
The Offices in China double surcharge error occurred during the overprinting of stamps for use at the U.S. Postal Agency in Shanghai. It has been reported that the errors were among the last stamps to be put on sale before the agency closed on December 31, 1922. The Deputy Postal Agent, Mr. E. H. Murray, knew of the error but allowed it to be put on sale, as he was retiring and the Agency was closing.
With photocopy of a 1968 P.F. certificate for a block of four