China 1897 4c on 3c deep red 'Red Revenue', SG90

SKU: RS5748

Sale price£5,000
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China 1897 4c on 3c deep red 'Red Revenue', large surcharge as type 19, SG90.

A fine mint block of 4, lightly toned (as commonly seen) and the lower pair with a horizontal gum crease. Quite remarkably, includes virtually full original gum.

A rare multiple of this highly desired Chinese Empire stamp issue.

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.

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Stanley Gibbons catalogue value: £5,600+.

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