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China 1899 (Shanghai) Wei Hai-wei Courier Post 2c dull scarlet, SG3

SKU RS1089

China 1899 (9 Jan) Shanghai Wei Hai-wei Courier Post 2c dull scarlet, SG3.

A fine and very fresh block of four with large part original gum. A few shortish perforations, mentioned for accuracy, which does not detract from the overall quality.

A scarce block in this quality.

Wei Hai-Wei is located in Shantung Province. Along with the nearby island of Liu Kung Tau, it was leased to Great Britain in July 1898. The postal services there were inadequate and G.L. Ferguson of Conabe & Co. introduced an overland courier post to Chefoo. Although Wei Hai-Wei was not a Treaty port its stamps are collected with the issues of those ports.

The Wei Hai-Wei courier post closed in March 1899 when a Chinese Imperial Post Office opened there.

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