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History of China Stamps

China stamps - Amongst the most popular stamps in the world Chinese philately has grown in stature alongside the country itself. The first China stamps were issued by the Municipality of Shanghai in 1865. In all 12 different Municipal stamp- issuing posts existed in the 19th Century and their stamps and postal history are eagerly sought-after by collectors. The first stamps for the entire Chinese Empire were issued in 1878. The ‘Large Dragons’ were issued in 1-candarin, 3-candarin and 5-candarin values, although specialists identify 3 distinct sets based on paper thickness and spacing on the printing plate between the stamps.
Until the mid-1910s China stamp issuing policy was relatively straightforward and despite some overprinted surcharges they are beautiful and easy to identify, some very rare stamps were issued during this period including a series known as the “Red Revenues” where previous unissued revenue stamps were overprinted for postage. Arguably the most valuable China stamp comes from this series, the $1 on 3c deep red in mint condition being catalogued £850,000 in the Stanley Gibbons 2015 guide.
When political upheaval took hold, local uprisings saw stamps variously overprinted between the 1910s–1930s as currencies devalued. The early 1930s saw somewhat primitive stamps issued by breakaway Communist areas, therefore now highly collectable. Following the defeat of the Japanese Invasion a wide range of different local unique and overprinted stamps were issued as Nationalists vied with Communists for territory.

People’s Republic of China Stamps

The first stamps for the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) were issued in 1949. Beautiful and miniature sheets which track the great upheavals and development of this magnificent country have continued ever since. The most popular People’s Republic of China stamps were issued during the so-called “Red Period” in the late 1960s where despite Communist reservations over this bourgeois hobby, the need for foreign currency from philately saw the pictorial issuing policy continue, albeit with highly politicised themes. 
China Stamps rare

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  • Lot 232 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £35 - £40

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    CHINA - 1989-91 PRC postal stationery cards/envelopes (35 different)
  • Lot 233 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £45 - £50

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    CHINA - 1994-2014 illustr first flight & special flights covers/cards(22)
  • Lot 234 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £50 - £55

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    CHINA - 1997 50y Return of Hong Kong mini-sheet, SG MS4204, NHM
  • Lot 235 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £25 - £30

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    CHINA - STAMP pictorial embossed postcard (Zieher, c.1905), unused.
  • Lot 1801 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £75 - £80

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    CHINA - 1948 Kwangsi Provisional $5000 on £100 crimson, SG 1048, very fine used. Scarce stamp
  • Lot 1802 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £120 - £130

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    CHINA - 1983 Terracotta Figures complete booklet, SG MS18, superb never hinged mint, very fresh.
  • Lot 1803 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £55 - £65

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    CHINA - 2003 Campaign to Control SARS 80f (SG 4812, Mi 3447), never hinged mint.
  • Lot 1804 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £300 - £350

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    CHINA - AMOY 1896 ½c on 5c orange, STRAIGHT FOOT TO '2' VARIETY, SG 21a, very fine used. Scarce stamp.
  • Lot 1805 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £120 - £130

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    CHINA - NATIONALIST CURRENCY SURCHARGES 1946 $10 on 1c yellow-orange HK printing with wmk, variety 'Surcharge inverted', SG 901a, very fine mint.
  • Lot 1806 (Kwik-Bid #4337)

    Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 16:30

    Est. £300 - £350

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    CHINA - SHANGHAI LOCAL POST POSTAGE DUE 1892-93 10c orange with 'Postage Due' OVERPRINT IN BLACK, SG D137, mint, fresh & very scarce.

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