Chinese stamp collection highlights Spink sale


2015-06-26 11:22:58

Chinese stamp collection highlights Spink sale

Chinese stamp collection highlights Spink sale

Spink has announced details of its January 13 auction of Fine Stamps and Covers of China and Hong Kong.

A focal point of the auction is the collection of Colonel Valentine Burkhardt, a 1950s Hong Kong citizen, cartoonist and artist. He amassed an impressive selection of the Large Dragon issues of Shanghai, the first postage stamps issued in China. His album of these is museum quality, valued at HK$400,000-500,000.

1897 saw a change in currency, to dollars and cents. A new set of stamps were therefore produced, but technical production problems meant that all available stamps needed to be surcharged with the new currency. This resulted in a number of errors, such as the Small Figures 10 cents on 9 candarins with surcharge double. Just 17 examples of this error are known to exist, and one will be offered at Spink, valued at HK$600,000-700,000.

Another surcharge rarity is the Golden Dragon. A 10 cent surcharge on 12 candarins, it is one of only 14 unused examples known, valued at HK$600,000-650,000.

Even rarer is a block of six Large Dollar unissued 3 cents revenue stamps, valued at HK$2.5-3 million.

With the rise of the Chinese Republic in 1912, another new set of stamps were required. Spink will offer a scarce $2 invert, one of the ‘Four Treasures of the Republic’, from the Colonel Valentine Burkhardt collection. Among the first of these stamps made in Peking for the Republic, it is expected to fetch HK$800,000-1,000,000.

Yet another example of this famous error stamp will also be offered, on a cover, valued at HK$5-6 million.

Interesting stamps relating to provinces, liberated areas, the balloon section, Hong Kong in particular, and also Korean postal history will also be on offer.


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