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Sale 1098 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 19-20 May, 2015

Category — China

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
606
c
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 606, ChinaCHINA, 1878, 3c Brown Red, Large Dragon (2), CHINA, 1878, 3c Brown Red, Large Dragon (2)CHINA, 1878, 3c Brown Red, Large Dragon (2). Wonderfully fresh and well-centered example, tied by clear blue Peking seal on back of cover to Paris, France, with matching blue "I.C. of Customs, Peking Jul 22 81" double-circle datestamp, sent via the French Post Office in Shanghai where it received France 5c Green on Greenish and two singles of 15c Blue Sage Issues (78, 92; Yvert 75, 90), each tied by dotted "5104" cancel with matching "Shanghai, Chine 29 Juil 81" datestamp, cover originated from the "Legation de la Republique Francaise, Pekin" with large blue cachet on back, Tientsin and Shanghai Customs transit backstamps, Paris receiving datestamp, cover with tear at top left and opening tear on backflap going thru blue cachet of little importance

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COVER BEARING THE 1878 3-CENT LARGE DRAGON FIRST ISSUE OF CHINA ON COVER SENT VIA THE FRENCH POST OFFICE IN SHANGHAI TO PARIS. A RARITY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

This outstanding China and France mixed-franking cover is believed to be one of the few known bearing the Large Dragon and Sage issues. A cover of exceptional importance and deserving of a key role in an award-winning exhibit.

With 2007 Calves certificate.

E. 20,000-30,000
18,000
607
 
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 607, ChinaCHINA, 1897, 2c on 3c Red Revenue (79-80), CHINA, 1897, 2c on 3c Red Revenue (79-80)CHINA, 1897, 2c on 3c Red Revenue (79-80). Example of each surcharge type, both with dollar chop cancels, No. 79 with light thin, otherwise Fine

825
225
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608
c
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 608, ChinaCHINA, 1897, 2c on 3c Red Revenue, Small Numeral (79; Chan 84), CHINA, 1897, 2c on 3c Red Revenue, Small Numeral (79; Chan 84)CHINA, 1897, 2c on 3c Red Revenue, Small Numeral (79; Chan 84). Tied by "Customs, Soochow Jun 6, 1897" double-circle datestamp on long cover to Tientsin, light blue Tientsin arrival backstamp dated Jun, 13, cover with some wear and tears on reverse

FINE. A RARE POSTALLY-USED CHINA 2-CENT SMALL NUMERAL RED REVENUE ON COVER.

On February 20, 1897, a new national postal service was inaugurated. Prior to this, an order was made with a printer in Japan for the new stamps. Unfortunately, the printer was unable to supply the stamps in time for the inauguration. Prior to this in 1896, 650,000 Red Revenues had been ordered for a new proposed taxation. Quickly abandoned due to public outcry, these stamps lay dormant in Shanghai. They were quickly pressed into service with new overprints for postal use.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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609
c
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 609, ChinaCHINA, 1897, 4c on 3c Red Revenue, Large Numeral (82; Chan 89), CHINA, 1897, 4c on 3c Red Revenue, Large Numeral (82; Chan 89)CHINA, 1897, 4c on 3c Red Revenue, Large Numeral (82; Chan 89). Tied by barred pakua cancel and corresponding "Tientsin 20 Jan 98" dollar chop cancel on red band cover to Shanghai, "Shanghai 8 Feb 98" dollar chop receiving cancel on reverse along with Chinese postage paid marking, cover with light trivial soiling

VERY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE USE OF THE CHINA 4-CENT LARGE NUMERAL RED REVENUE ON RED-BAND COVER.

The China Red Revenues issues have become a fascinating area of study and remain very desirable among collectors.

E. 4,000-5,000
7,500
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610
c
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 610, ChinaCHINA, 1897, -1/2c Purple Brown, 1c Yellow I.C.P. Dragons (86-87; Chan 92-93), CHINA, 1897, -1/2c Purple Brown, 1c Yellow I.C.P. Dragons (86-87; Chan 92-93)CHINA, 1897, -1/2c Purple Brown, 1c Yellow I.C.P. Dragons (86-87; Chan 92-93). Tied by two light Canton dollar chop cancels with additional strike on reverse reading Dec. 1, 1897 on cover to Zurich, Switzerland, cover went via British mails in Hong Kong where it received a Hong Kong 2c stamp which is tied by "Hong Kong DE 2 97" circular datestamp, Zurich arrival backstamp, cover missing back flap and with trivial light toning

FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE IMPERIAL CHINESE POST USE PAYING THE 2-CENT PRINTED MATTER RATE AND USED WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE.

Covers bearing the printed matter rate are exceptionally scarce versus the normal 10 cents rate typically seen.

E. 1,500-2,000
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611
nhbl
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 611, ChinaCHINA, 1897, $1.00 Carmine & Rose (95), CHINA, 1897, $1.00 Carmine & Rose (95)CHINA, 1897, $1.00 Carmine & Rose (95). Block of six with selvage at left, Mint N.H., attractive colors, Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as hinged singles

1,800
2,800
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612
nhbl
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 612, ChinaCHINA, 1897, $5.00 Yellow Green & Pink (97), CHINA, 1897, $5.00 Yellow Green & Pink (97)CHINA, 1897, $5.00 Yellow Green & Pink (97). Block of four with selvage at left, Mint N.H., minor gum bend affects top pair

FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE BLOCK OF THE 1897 5-DOLLAR WILD GOOSE.

Scott Retail as hinged singles

6,400
8,500
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613
c
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 613, ChinaCHINA, 1898, 10c Dark Blue Green (103), CHINA, 1898, 10c Dark Blue Green (103)CHINA, 1898, 10c Dark Blue Green (103). Tied by bilingual "Nanking 1 NOV 99" circular datestamp on cover to St. Paul Minn., additionally franked by horizontal pair of Hong Kong 5c Ultramarine (40; SG 35) in transit by "Shanghai NOV 4 99" circular datestamp and boxed "I.P.O.", bilingual Shanghai circular datestamp beside, San Francisco transit and St. Paul arrival backstamps, cover with toned spots, Fine

E. 150-200
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614
c
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 614, ChinaCHINA, 1901 British Occupation During Boxer Rebellion, CHINA, 1901 British Occupation During Boxer RebellionCHINA, 1901 British Occupation During Boxer Rebellion. Two postal cards and a cover, each bearing China Expeditionary Forces overprints (C.E.F.), two uses from F.P.O. No. 9 (Yangstum) and one from No. 14 (Shan Hi Kwan), Fine or better

E. 150-200
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615
c
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 615, ChinaCHINA, 1900-06, 1c Ochre Coiling Dragon, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (111b), CHINA, 1900-06, 1c Ochre Coiling Dragon, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (111b)CHINA, 1900-06, 1c Ochre Coiling Dragon, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Between (111b). Tied by beautifully struck Nanchang lunar circular datestamp on red band cover to Peking, Hankow transit and Peking arrival backstamps, Very Fine, an incredibly rare imperforate-between variety postally used on cover

E. 750-1,000
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616
c
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 616, ChinaCHINA, 1900-06, 2c Scarlet Coiling Dragon, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (112a; Chan 118g), CHINA, 1900-06, 2c Scarlet Coiling Dragon, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (112a; Chan 118g)CHINA, 1900-06, 2c Scarlet Coiling Dragon, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (112a; Chan 118g). Tied by 1909 Tientsin lunar circular datestamp, with an additional strike below, on red band cover to Peking, light arrival marking on reverse, cover with small piece missing at bottom right from opening and a couple trivial edge tears

VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE USE OF THE IMPERFORATE-BETWEEN VARIETY ON COVER.

With 2014 F.I.A.P. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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617
 
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 617, ChinaCHINA, 1912, $1.00 Red & Pale Rose, Statistical Department "Republic", Inverted Overprint (158a; Chan 164b), CHINA, 1912, $1.00 Red & Pale Rose, Statistical Department "Republic", Inverted Overprint (158a; Chan 164b)CHINA, 1912, $1.00 Red & Pale Rose, Statistical Department "Republic", Inverted Overprint (158a; Chan 164b). With legible Kuang-tung, Kuang-chow (Canton) June (1912) lunar circular datestamp

FINE. AN ENORMOUSLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 STATISTICAL DEPARTMENT "REPUBLIC" WITH INVERTED OVERPRINT. NO MORE THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST. A RARITY OF CHINESE PHILATELY.

From census' undertaken with known examples, all appear to be used on the same day -- June 17, 1912 (1st year) in Canton. Some examples are not legible enough to read completely but are still believed to originate on this same day. Current estimates indicate that between 9-11 examples are known.

27,500
11,500
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618
og
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 618, ChinaCHINA, 1912, 20c Red Brown, Waterlow "Republic" Overprint, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (172 var; Chan 178 var), CHINA, 1912, 20c Red Brown, Waterlow "Republic" Overprint, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (172 var; Chan 178 var)CHINA, 1912, 20c Red Brown, Waterlow "Republic" Overprint, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (172 var; Chan 178 var). Original gum, h.r., some light toning on reverse and showing at bottom between stamps, Fine, a rare imperforate between variety which is unlisted in both Scott and Chan, it is believed that very few are known

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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619
og
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 619, ChinaCHINA, 1928, 1c-$1.00 Chang Tso-lin (276-279, Manchuria 21-24, Sinkiang 70-73), CHINA, 1928, 1c-$1.00 Chang Tso-lin (276-279, Manchuria 21-24, Sinkiang 70-73)CHINA, 1928, 1c-$1.00 Chang Tso-lin (276-279, Manchuria 21-24, Sinkiang 70-73). Incl. the two overprint sets, h.r., Fine-Very Fine

197
225
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620
og
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 620, ChinaCHINA, Formosa, 1888, 20c Red, Unissued Horse and Dragon (Chan F16), CHINA, Formosa, 1888, 20c Red, Unissued Horse and Dragon (Chan F16)CHINA, Formosa, 1888, 20c Red, Unissued Horse and Dragon (Chan F16). Original gum, h.r., deep rich color, light crease, black manuscript notation on reverse and small stray marks on front, otherwise Fine and scarce, these stamps were printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. but were never issued

E. 300-400
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621
og
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 621, ChinaCHINA, Taiwan, 1952, 40c-$5.00 Chiang Kai-shek (1052-1056), CHINA, Taiwan, 1952, 40c-$5.00 Chiang Kai-shek (1052-1056)CHINA, Taiwan, 1952, 40c-$5.00 Chiang Kai-shek (1052-1056). Both perf and imperf sets, imperf each with sheet margin at left, without gum as issued, Very Fine

856
500
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622
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Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 622, ChinaCHINA, People's Republic, Northeast China, 1947, $2.00-$100.00 Souvenir Sheet (1L36a), CHINA, People's Republic, Northeast China, 1947, $2.00-$100.00 Souvenir Sheet (1L36a)CHINA, People's Republic, Northeast China, 1947, $2.00-$100.00 Souvenir Sheet (1L36a). Without gum as issued, bright colors, faint toning in corners on reverse only (from mounting), otherwise Very Fine

375
225
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623
og
Sale Number 1098, Lot Number 623, ChinaCHINA, People's Republic, Northeast China, 1950, $5,000.00-$30,000.00 Flag and Mao (1L150-1L153), CHINA, People's Republic, Northeast China, 1950, $5,000.00-$30,000.00 Flag and Mao (1L150-1L153)CHINA, People's Republic, Northeast China, 1950, $5,000.00-$30,000.00 Flag and Mao (1L150-1L153). Without gum as issued, bright and fresh, Very Fine

1,025
900
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