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Lot 2115

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China, 1912 "Republic of China" Statistical Dept. overprint $1 red and flesh, variety overprint inverted, basic stamp position 45, overprint type 4, resilient colours, outstanding centring, clearly cancelled by Kwangtung, Kwangchow (Canton) c.d.s. of 17 June, 1st year (1912), very fine and one of the finest examples extant, especially so with such a legible cancellation, one thin perf. at left which is of no consequence to the exceptional quality of what is one of the great rarities of the early Republic. Chan 164b.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000


Expertisation: Gebrüder Senf, Leipzig.

Provenance: Brun Pederson, Stanley Gibbons (London), 15.2.80, lot 1302
Henry Nyi.

References: Henry Nyi, "The Inverted Overprint 'Chung Hwa Min Kuo'. The Republic of China $1.00 Value of the 1912 Issue (Scott No. 158a)," The China Clipper, Vol. 56, No. 6, pp. 196-199. This is number 4 of the eight examples recorded in this article.
Man Yung, "A Survey of the Inverted Song Type Chinese Overprint 'Republic of China' on One Dollar Wild Goose Stamp," China Philately (Beijing), No. 4 (July, 1992), pp. 26-28. This is number 4 of the nine examples recorded in this article.

THERE ARE PROBABLY ONLY 10 OR SO DOCUMENTED EXAMPLES OF THIS VARIETY KNOWN TO DATE. OF THESE, ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES, INCLUDING THE ABOVE, HAVE THE COMPLETE "JUNE 17 1ST YEAR DATE".

From studies undertaken of the genuine extant examples, it appears that all were used on the same day, 17 June 1st year (1912), in Kwangtung, Kwangchow, though the city and province names are not legible on some of the examples.


 
Realized HK$ 207,000



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