China 1897 $1 on 3c deep red "Red Revenue" large surcharge, SG91

SKU: RS3482

Sale price£5,000
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China 1897 (Jan) $1 on 3c deep red "Red Revenue" large surcharge type 20, SG91.

A fine mint example with excellent rich colour and large part original gum. A few light gum tones as commonly seen which do not detract in any way from what is a delightful example, rarely seen so fine.

A scarce and popular stamp.

In 1897, the new Qing Dynasty government took charge of the Post Office. There was an immediate need for a large quantity of stamps, especially those of high value. While waiting for the delivery of new stamps from Japan a Provisional Issue was made using existing stock from the Imperial Customs.

A quantity of 600,000 of the 3c Revenue stamps received from England were surcharged with different values. The high value surcharged stamps, such as this $1 example, are very scarce and highly sought after by avid collectors.

Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £6,000.

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