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Stamps of the Chinese Empire
1878-1912

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An on-line Catalog of postage stamps with values, issued by the Chinese Empire

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60th Birthday of the Empress dowager

In November of 1894, a special set of 9 stamps was issued to commemorate the 6oth birthday of the Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi. These stamps were lithographed and printed in Japan on white wove paper, watermarked with 'Ying Yang' and perforated 11.5 or 12.  Due to heavy demand the stamps needed to be reprinted and this was done in Shanghai, on watermarked 'Ying Yang' paper. Most of those stamps were overprinted with the new 'Cent' denomination but some were not, but these are very rare. A special set names the 'Mollendorf' set was issued to be given as gifts to high level government and foreign officials. These were printed in Shanghai on thicker paper and of the same colors as the originals. There are only 900 sets known to exist.

60th Birthday of the Empress Dowager

How to distinguish between the Japanese and Chinese prints:
Japan prints: The designs are clear, the work very delicate, the colors dark and definite, the gum yellowish and thick.
Shanghai prints: The designs are less clear, the work rougher, the colors lighter and not so definite and the gum white and watery.

Denomination Description - Japan Printing Used Fine Used EF Mint VF Mint EF
1 Cand Vermillion $27 $45 $60 $70
2 cand Green $25 $35 $60 $70
3 cand Orange yellow $30 $38 $60 $60
4 cand Pale carmine $180 $250 $200 $220
5 cand Dull orange $240 $350 $400 $450
6 cand Brown $40 $60 $175 $190
9 cand Dull green $80 $120 $300 $325
12 cand Brown orange $200 $300 $590 $670
24 cand Carmine $150 $250 $700 $900
The Shanghai Print: Values between $1,000 and $4,000 for individual stamps. Mint Set $15,000 +
The Mollendorf Set: Value of Mint Set $2500 +
 

1897 Surcharges with new values in cents and dollars

In 1897 there was an ever need for more stamps, and a decision was made to surcharge at once all the existing stamps of the second and third series with new values in cents and dollars. The work was divided amongst various printers, and so it came that there are many types of surcharge, and many varieties and errors are to be found in these issues

Small Numerals 2.5mm below Chinese Characters on Small Dragons
Denomination Description Used Fine Used EF Mint VF Mint EF
1c on 1c Green $45 $85 $70 $80
2c on 3c Lilac $75 $120 $275 $350
5c on 5c greenish yellow $40 $58 $100 $125


 

Small Numerals 2.5mm below Chinese Characters on Dowagers
Denomination Description Used Fine Used EF Mint VF Mint EF
1/2c on 3c Orange yellow $25 $32 $42 $46
1c on 1c Vermillion $20 $25 $28 $34
2c on 2c Green $18 $22 $32 $36
4c on 4c Pale carmine $22 $27 $35 $38
5c on 5c Dull orange $16 $20 $42 $44
8c on 6c Brown $25 $30 $50 $55
10c on 6c Brown $38 $60 $70 $80
10c on 9c Dull green $120 $150 $450 $500
10c on 12c Brown orange $125 $125 $325 $400
30c on 24c Carmine $150 $200 $500 $600

 

Large Numerals 2.5mm below Chinese characters on Dowagers
Denomination Description Used Fine Used EF Mint VF Mint EF
1/2c on 3c Orange yellow $23 $40 $32 $35
1c on 1c Vermillion $18 $23 $28 $32
2c on 2c Green $15 $18 $25 $30
4c on 4c Pale carmine $18 $25 $35 $38
5c on 5c Dull orange $20 $28 $48 $52
8c on 6c Brown $180 $250 $525 $550
10c on 9c Dull green $50 $85 $200 $240
10c on 12c Brown orange $60 $70 $375 $400
30c on 24c Carmine $225 $300 $750 $800

 

Small Numerals 4mm below Chinese Characters on Small Dragons
Denomination Description Used Fine Used EF Mint VF Mint EF
1c on 1c Green $70 $85 $70 $80
1/2con 3c Orange $50 $60 $60 $65
1c on 1c Vermillion $60 $75 $70 $80
2c on 2c Dark Green $40 $55 $50 $55
4c on 4c Dark pink $40 $55 $50 $55
5c on 5c Dull orange $40 $55 $50 $55
8c on 6c Brown $25 $38 $50 $55
10c on 9c Dark green $250 $350 $425 $425
30c on 24c Dark red $400 $500 $500 $500

 

Large Numerals 1.5mm below Chinese Characters on Dowagers
Denomination Description Used Fine Used VF Mint VF Mint EF
1/2con 3c Orange $20 $27 $20 $25
1c on 1c Vermillion $18 $22 $22 $27
2c on 2c Dark Green $20 $25 $25 $30
4c on 4c Dark pink $120 $160 $275 $300
5c on 5c Dull orange $100 $140 $275 $300
10c on 9c Dark green $80 $95 $190 $210
10c on 12c Brown orange $95 $110 $350 $375
30c on 24c Dark red $2,500 $2,500 $13,000 $13,000

 

Large Numerals 1.5mm below Chinese Characters on Redrawn Design Dowagers
Denomination Description Used Fine Used VF Mint VF Mint EF
1/2c on 3c Yellow $125 $175 $175 $200
2c on 2c Yellow green $35 $45 $45 $50

 

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