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.
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.
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.
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.
FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE BLOCK OF THE 1897 5-DOLLAR WILD GOOSE.
Scott Retail as hinged singles
VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE USE OF THE IMPERFORATE-BETWEEN VARIETY ON COVER.
With 2014 F.I.A.P. certificate
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.