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China: Red Revenues
 
 
 

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Lot 579 () China, Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 1, raised stop after "cents", variety imperforate at left with full 12mm. sheet margin at left, deep colour, fine appearance unused without gum, lightly pressed crease in sheet margin at foot and slightly bleached. One of the rarest of the Red Revenue varieties. Chan 84t.
Estimate HK$ 1,000,000 - 1,200,000


Provenance: Danny C. Ko
M.F. Huang.

There are only five examples of this variety with full sheet margin recorded :
The above single
Block of four, positions 11-12/1-2, illustrated in The Red Revenue Surcharges China, 1897, Vol. I, p. 23.
Block of four, positions 11-12/1-2, Shanghai Auction Co.

The impressions of the surcharge on the corresponding position 1 of the Shanghai block and the above single seem to be identical. Coupled with the similar centring of the two items, there is little doubt that these came from the same sheet. Furthermore, the block illustrated in the Red Revenue handbook also has a similar impression of the surcharge, as well as the same centring, so, to the best of our knowledge, there was probably just one sheet produced with this variety, of which only five examples have survived with the full imperforate margin or "fantail".
  Realized HK$1,610,000
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Lot 580 China, Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 4, with sheet margin at top, showing curious variety which resulted from a small surface impurity at top right of the unsurcharged stamp thereby leaving an indented blank (white) spot and when subsequently surcharged the lower right foot of the "Dah" was impressed over this area and only a small part of it registered on the stamp, which is of bright fresh colour and very fine unmounted mint (hinged in the margin only). A most striking coincidental variety. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$161,000
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Lot 581 China, Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 14, deep rich colour, outstanding centring, extremely fine unused with much original gum. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 582 China, Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 20, sheet position 100 with characteristic vertical sheet guide lines extending downwards from the lower right corner, clear bright colour, well centred, very fine unused with part to large part original gum. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 583 China, Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, horizontal pair, positions 16-17, deep colour, well centred (just to top), very fine and fresh mint, hinge remainders. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 584 / China, Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, block of six, positions 16-17/6-7/16-17, fresh bright colour, well centred, on brilliant white paper, extremely fine mint, several stamps are never hinged, few usual minimal gum skips, exceptional quality. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Realized HK$74,750
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Lot 585 o China, Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, cancelled by "(W)uhu" dollar dater, very fine. Chan 84.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 586 o China, Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, position 15, inverted "s" in "cents", cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Mar 5 1897", thin at lower right, fine appearance. Chan 84g.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 587 o China, Red Revenue small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, and large figures surcharges 1c. on 3c. red pair and 2c. on 3c. red, cancelled by Customs c.d.s. or dollar dater, fine, the pair lightly toned. Chan 84, 87, 88.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 588 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, deep colour, well centred, very fine unused with part original gum, paper hinge remainder. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 589 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, excellent colour, choice centring, very fine unused with part original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 590 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, fresh colour, well centred, very fine unused with part original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 591 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, good colour, excellent centring, very fine unused with large part original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 592 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, bright colour, well centred, very fine unused with part original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 593 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, deep bright colour, well centred within mainly large margins, fine to very fine unused with part original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 594 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, good colour, fine to very fine unused with large part original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 595 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, good colour, fine to very fine unused with large part original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 596 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, clear colour, fine to very fine unused with large part original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 597 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, bright colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with small part original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 598 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, clear colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with part original gum (disturbed). Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 599 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, deep bright colour, well centred, fine unused with small part original gum. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 600 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 6, large box of central character, brilliant colour, well centred within large margins, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, paper hinge remnant. Chan 87a.
Estimate HK$ 1,800 - 2,200
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 601 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, showing two extraneous surcharge strokes between "Chin" and "You" and also two larger surcharge frame (slug) impressions between "Dah" and "Dang", bright colour, fine unused with much original gum, tiny marginal corner crease at lower right. Chan 87 var.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 602 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, showing two extraneous impressions of surcharge frame (slug) above and below "Fun", fine to very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 87 var.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$21,850
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Lot 603 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, showing extraneous red printing ink smudges in lower left margin, fine unused with part original gum, tiny corner crease at lower right. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 604 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 25, "one cent" 3mm. below Chinese character, sheet position 100 with characteristic vertical sheet guidelines extending downward from the lower right corner, clear colour, well centred, fine unused with part original gum, a few small light tone spots mainly on reverse. Chan 87d.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 605 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, position 25, "one cent" 3mm. below Chinese character, fresh bright colour, well centred, fine unused with large part to much original gum. Chan 87d.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,500
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 606 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, horizontal pair, positions 2-3, deep colour, particularly well centred, fine unused with much original gum, despite light peripheral tone spots. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$9,775
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Lot 607 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, horizontal strip of five with sheet margin at right, positions 1-2-3-4-5, excellent colour and centring, the stamps are very fine unmounted mint. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
  Realized HK$46,000
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Lot 608 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red block of four from the top right corner of the sheet with complete selvedge and sheet number "2783", deep bright colour, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, two trivial tone spots in sheet margins. A handsome and desirable sheet number block. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000
  Realized HK$460,000
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Lot 609 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, cancelled by "(Sha)nghai" dollar dater of June, 1897 in brown, light uniform toning, fine. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 610 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red, cancelled by Canton pakua, good colour, well centred within large even margins, very fine. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,760
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Lot 611 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 1c. on 3c. red (3) cancelled by Customs c.d.s. and 2c. on 3c. (3) cancelled by dollar daters of Chinkiang, Chungking and Hankow, toned, otherwise the stamps are sound except for one 2c. on 3c. which has a thin. Chan 87, 88.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 612 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, surcharge applied towards foot of the stamp, bright colour, near perfect centring, extremely fine and choice unused with much original gum. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 613 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, bright colour, well centred, very fine unused with much original gum. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 614 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, excellent colour, well centred, short perf. at top, otherwise fine to very fine unused with much large part to much original gum. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,520
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Lot 615 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, good colour, tiny perf. fault/defect at upper right, otherwise fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 616 () China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, good colour, well centred, fine unused, backing paper adheres to entire reverse. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,400 - 1,800
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 617 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, heavily inked impression of the surcharge which has been applied towards the foot of the stamp, horizontal pair, positions 1-2, good colour, fine unused with large part to much original gum, central row of perfs. split and reinforced. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 618 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red block of four, positions 14-15/19-20, deep rich colour, well centred, very fine and fresh unmounted mint (never hinged), the few usual gum skips, an outstanding quality block. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$74,750
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Lot 619 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, vertical block of ten (2 x 5), comprising the last two vertical rows of the Setting of twenty-five, good colour, well centred, fine unused with much original gum, age spotting mainly affecting the perfs. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000
  Realized HK$92,000
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Lot 620 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, cancelled by "(Chinki)ang" dollar dater of July, 1897, in brown, fine. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 621 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, cancelled by dollar dater of July, 1897, in brown, fine. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,530
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Lot 622 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, cancelled by 1897 dollar dater, fine. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$2,300
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Lot 623 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, cancelled by practically complete Chefoo pakua in brown, stamp has small thin at top, otherwise fine. Chan 88.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$4,370
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Lot 624 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 15, bright colour, near perfect centring on fresh white paper, extremely fine unused with much original gum (fingerprint and hinge remainder). Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 625 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 3, bright colour, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum (small fingerprint). Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 626 () China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 11, clear colour, fine unused without gum. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$14,950
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Lot 627 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, position 25, sheet position 100 with characteristic vertical sheet guidelines extending downward from the lower right corner, excellent colour, particularly well centred, straight edge at foot as often is the case with stamps from the bottom row of the sheet, very fine and fresh with much original gum (glazed from the protective mount). Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$25,300
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Lot 628 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, horizontal pair, positions 1-2, good colour, well centred, unused with much original gum, position 1 with full original gum, a few mainly marginal toned spots, fine appearance. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$32,200
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Lot 629 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, vertical pair, positions 9/14, bright colour, well centred, unused with full original gum (slight glazing from protective mount), light uniform toning, fine appearance. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$36,800
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Lot 630 () China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red and small figures surcharge 2c. on 3c. red, both unused but toned. Chan 84, 89.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 631 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red (2), both cancelled by "Shanghai" dollar dater, one with complete date of "14 May 98" in black, intercalary month, fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 632 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, cancelled by "(C)anton" dollar dater of "14 May 99"in black, extremely fine and choice. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,500
  Realized HK$21,850
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Lot 633 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, centrally cancelled by complete Pagoda Anchorage pakua in brown, very fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 634 o China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge 4c. on 3c. red, well centred, cancelled by pakua in blue, fine. Chan 89.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 635 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 17, deep colour, centred just to lower left, fine unused with large part to much original gum, hinge remainders. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000
  Realized HK$43,700
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Lot 636 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 21, good colour, well centred, fine unused with large part original gum, hinge remainders, lower right corner perf. creased. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$40,250
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Lot 637 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 1, bright colour, well centred, fine unused with part original gum, a couple of foxed perfs. at top. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 638 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge $1 on 3c. red, position 23, small dots above right of "Ching" and of "Zheng", fine appearance, surface faults including small piece of paper partly peeled back (still intact) at left of numeral "3", characteristic straight edge for an example from the foot of the sheet, unused with traces of original gum. Chan 90.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$46,000
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Lot 639 () China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, position 13, surcharge applied low and stamp dramatically miscentred to left so as to show small part of adjoining stamp at right, broken "d" in "dollars", fine appearance unused, peripheral oxidisation, regummed. Chan 91.
Estimate HK$ 280,000 - 320,000
  Realized HK$460,000
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Lot 640 () China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, position 22, good colour, unused with brownish crackly gum which is not original, reperforated at left and some perfs. improved at right, a highly collectible example of this very scarce and popular high denomination stamp. Chan 91.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,000
  Realized HK$460,000
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Lot 641 () China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, variety surcharge inverted, position 8, well centred, fine appearance unused with brownish gum, paper toned, restoration and rebacked, even so a not unattractive example of this sought after variety. Chan 91a.
Estimate HK$ 550,000 - 650,000
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Lot 642 China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, horizontal pair with sheet margin at left, positions 11-12, good colour, well centred, unused with practically full original gum (slightly yellowed), left stamp has short vertical crease and thins, folded along vertical rows of perfs. between stamps resulting in a number of split perfs., sheet margin intact, overall a fine and exceedingly rare multiple. Chan 91a.
Estimate HK$ 1,500,000 - 2,000,000


With the inauguration of the Imperial Post and the concurrent changeover to the silver dollar system, stamps with new face values were needed without delay. Furthermore, the introduction of the money remittance on 1 January 1898 (Chicago Flight. Postal Circular No. 3 and accompanying Postal Notification No. 26 of 17 November 1897) whereby money orders redeemable at the post office of the sender's choice, to a maximum of 10 dollars, could be used as a vehicle of securely transferring money without any formality (through anonymity and even the ordinary post). Consequently, 3 cents revenue stamps were surcharged 5 dollars, which was the highest denomination produced. Approximately 5000 such stamps were printed, the surcharges having been adapted from the large $1 surcharge plate with the original positions randomly rearranged. Since the strict policy was to destroy both the remittance certificate and stamps on redemption, only a limited amount of the 5 dollars value has survived. Many unused 5 dollars Red Revenues have been taken off certificates, which helps explain the prevalence of examples without gum.

The largest recorded multiples are a rejoined strip of four and a reconstructed block of four comprised of two vertical pairs (one rejoined).

The largest recorded intact multiples are vertical or horizontal pairs, of which approximately less than twenty have survived.

There are only three recorded multiples of the $5 on 3c. with sheet margins :
1:
The above horizontal pair, positions 11-12 with sheet margin at left
2: Horizontal pair, positions 22-23 with sheet margin at foot. Ex Percival David (Robson Lowe, 22.7.70, lot 209) and "Sun" collections
3: Horizontal pair, positions 21-22 with sheet margin at left. Sun Philatelics, 21.11.91, lot 1011.
  Unsold
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Lot 643 () China, Red Revenue large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. red, variety surcharge inverted, a fantastic rejoined strip of three from the top left corner of the sheet with complete selvedge on two sides, positions 23-24-25, good colour, well centred, unused without gum, the sheet margins on positions 24 and 25 are intact, while that on position 23 has been largely rejoined, light soiling mainly on reverse which is only visible on front between stamps and in top sheet margins, in a sound state of conservation for what is one of the key items not only of the $5 on 3c. inverted surcharge but also the Red Revenues as a whole. Chan 91a.
Estimate HK$ 4,800,000 - 5,500,000


THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF ANY $5 ON 3C. SURCHARGE INVERTED WITH SHEET MARGIN.

In his census of the extant multiples of the Red Revenue $5 on 3c. with surcharge inverted, Walter Brühlmann has recorded one strip of four, five vertical pairs and three horizontal pairs. The corner strip of three offered here was not included in his listing.
  Unsold
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Lot 644 China, 1897 (13 May) envelope to Shanghai (16.5) bearing large figures 1c. on 3c. horizontal pair, deep colour, near perfect centring within wide margins, cancelled by "Customs/Soochow" double-ring d.s., envelope a trifle reduced at right, very fine 2 cents single rate usage. Ex Richard Canman, James B. Whang and Lam Man Yin. Chan 87.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


References: Revenue Surcharges. L.Y. Woo Collection (Taipei, 1983), p. 61. Illustrated.
The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. I, p. 112. Illustrated.
Benjamin Y.K. Hwa, The Illustrated Covers, Postcards, Lettercards, Remittance Certificates of Revenue Surcharges, Vol. I, p. 119. Illustrated.
  Realized HK$109,250
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Lot 645 China, 1898 (25 Apr.) envelope to Shanghai (9.5 Local Post arrival) bearing large figures 1c. on 3c. (2) and 2c. on 3c., cancelled by "Chungking" dollar dater (intercalary month), fine and appealing 4 cents double rate cover. Ex Robert Tan. Chan 87, 88.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


References: The Revenue Surcharges China 1897, Vol. I, p. 201. Illustrated.
Benjamin Y.K. Hwa, The Illustrated Covers, Postcards, Lettercards, Remittance Certificates of Revenue Surcharges, Vol. II, p. 383.
  Realized HK$69,000
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