China 1899 (9 Jan) (Shanghai) Wei Hai-Wei Courier Post 5c yellowish-green block of four, SG4.
A fine mint block with large part original gum. The upper left stamp shows some perforation faults at top and with a few short perforations elsewhere.
Despite minor imperfections, it remains fine as such a scarce multiple.
Wei Hai-Wei is located in Shantung Province. Along with the nearby island of Liu Kung Tau, it was leased to Great Britain in July 1898. The postal services there were inadequate and G.L. Ferguson of Conabe & Co. introduced an overland courier post to Chefoo. Although Wei Hai-Wei was not a Treaty port its stamps are collected with the issues of those ports.
The Wei Hai-Wei courier post closed in March 1899 when a Chinese Imperial Post Office opened there.
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