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).
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).
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.
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1912 2-DOLLAR "PROVISIONAL NEUTRALITY". ONLY 96 STAMPS WERE OVERPRINTED FOR USE IN FOOCHOW.
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.
FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1912 ONE DOLLAR "REPUBLIC OF CHINA PROVISIONAL NEUTRALITY". ONLY 87 WERE SOLD FOR USE IN HANKOW, NANKING AND CHANGSHA.
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE AND POPULAR 1915 2-DOLLAR HALL OF CLASSICS WITH CENTER INVERTED. ONE OF THE "FOUR TREASURES OF THE REPUBLIC."
It is now believed two sheets of 50 stamps were issued with the center inverted. However, only a small fraction of those survive today. Though we are unaware of any published census, estimates in the literature of the number known are usually between 30 and 40.