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The Highlights of Our June 16-18 Auction

Our June 16-18 auction once again promises to be another major philatelic event, with a number of important specialised collections. The auction includes a very fine array of China, People's Republic, Hong Kong and Asia.

China will again include a further portion of the amazing Jane and Dan Sten Olsson collection of Large Dragons. The undoubted highlight is the iconic 5 October 1878 envelope from Peking to Shanghai bearing a 5ca. pair and single. This is the earliest recorded usage of the Large Dragons on cover, and thus the earliest cover franked with Imperial China stamps. Complementing this are exceptional essays and proofs, complete sheets, rare Settings, and other important Large Dragon covers including spectacular frankings, as well as France and Japan combinations.

There is an important section of the early Customs Post and forerunners from the Vapereau and Garnier correspondences, with usages between 1871-77.

The specialised offering of 1894 60th Birthday of the Dowager Empress and 1897 New Currency surcharges includes large multiples, varieties, cancellations and covers, with the various printings represented in choice quality. A superlative mint example of the "Red Ruby" — the large figures surcharge 1.5mm. setting on the Dowager first printing 30c. on 24ca. (ex Dr. Robert C.H. Lee, "Isleham") — is one highlight of this powerful section.

The 1897 Red Revenue surcharges include the legendary "Small One Dollar", an outstanding mint block of four of the small figures 2c. on 3c. with surcharge inverted and two stamps also showing the comma for stop and inverted "s" in "cents" varieties, large figures surcharge $5 on 3c. with surcharge inverted, as well as a choice offering of cancellations.

The Coiling Dragons and later issues are well represented, with a fine showing of the Provisional Neutrality overprints, the Hall of Classics $2 with centre inverted, and unissued Postage Dues.

As usual, there are also fine sections of Postal Stationery, I-Chan Mail, Chinese Provinces with Sinkiang airmails, People's Republic of China rarities, Taiwan, and Foreign Post Offices.

The Hong Kong and Treaty Ports are highlighted by the 1863-71 watermark crown CC 96c. olive-bistre, two complete panes of the 1891 Jubilee issue, the Philippe Orsetti collection of security markings and perfin covers, and a very fine usage of the rare Shanghai Crown, the important earliest mark of this major Treaty Port.


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