An 1875 cherry blossom 1 sen brown is to feature in a sale of Japanese philatelics at Dynasty Auctions.
Valued at $12,892-19,339, the lot will headline the sale of the Michael Ruggiero collection in Hong Kong on April 13.
The stamp is considered among the classic rarities of Japanese postal history, with this particularly fine example displaying a well-centred print and a fresh appearance.
There were two varieties of this hand engraved stamp issued. The rarer of the two (which includes the present lot) features the eighth syllabic character (chi) in the centre.
An 1871 Dragon 500 mon yellow/green on an "urgent mail" cover is valued at $10,314-12,892.
The dragon issue were the first stamps ever produced in Japan and display two dragons facing one another with the value printed in the centre.
It features strong contemporary Osaka negative seal cancels and is offered in very fine condition.
An 1872 Dragon 5 sen blue/ green single franking cover sent to Osaka from Tanichi via Tokyo carries an identical estimate of $10,314-12,892.
It features three strikes of the Tanichi circular dater, with the reverse of the cover showing that it arrived in the city on December 31, 1872.
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