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China 1897 (May) Dowager Empress third printing SG78d

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China 1897 (May) large figure surcharge, 'spaced 1 1/2mm', on Dowager Empress third printing, 1/2c on 3ca dull yellow, variety surcharge spaced only 1/2mm. Fine used by a part dollar chop in blue. 

The Dowager Empress stamps were the very first commemorative stamps issued by China to celebrate the 60th Birthday of the Dowager Empress, one of the most powerful women in the history of China.

This stamp is a very rare variety of this popular stamp issue, with less than twenty examples being recorded. SG78d. 

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