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1894 Dowager - Lithographed Shanghai Perforated 12 - 11˝ - White Thin Paper - Watermarked

The last issue of the Maritime Customs Post. Issued to commemorate the 60th birthday of Tz'u Hsi, the Empress Dowager.









Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
1 candarin Orange Red $15.00 $25.00 $18.00 $30.00
2 candarin Green $15.00 $25.00 $18.00 $30.00
3 candarin Orange Yellow $15.00 $25.00 $18.00 $30.00
4 candarin Rose Pink $60.00 $100.00 $66.00 $110.00
5 candarin Dull Orange $90.00 $125.00 $95.00 $140.00
6 candarin Brown $18.00 $30.00 $36.00 $60.00
9 candarin Dull Green $36.00 $60.00 $84.00 $140.00
12 candarin Deep Orange Yellow $100.00 $170.00 $175.00 $210.00
24 candarin Carmine $60.00 $100.00 $225.00 $300.00


Dollar Currency Surcharges

In 1896, the Imperial Maritime Customs Post was changed by Imperial edict to the National Post Office of China. At the same time the monetary system was changed from the silver tael which was expressed in candarins to the silver dollar system expressed in dollars and cents. A sequence of old stamps surcharged with new values in dollars and cents followed this change while new stamps reflecting the new currency were being produced.


Issues of the Chinese Government Post - 1897 Small numeral surcharged on 1888 Small Dragons





Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
1 cent on 1 candarin Green $33.00 $55.00 $30.00 $50.00
2 cent on 3 candarin Lilac $45.00 $75.00 $130.00 $200.00
5 cent on 5 candarin Greenish Yellow $22.80 $38.00 $42.00 $70.00


1897 Small Numeral Surcharge on Dowager









Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
˝ cent on 3 candarin Orange Yellow $14.40 $24.00 $21.60 $36.00
1 cent on 1 candarin Vermilion $14.40 $24.00 $21.60 $36.00
2 cent on 2 candarin Deep Green $14.40 $24.00 $21.60 $36.00
4 cent on 4 candarin Rose Pink $14.40 $24.00 $21.60 $36.00
5 cent on 5 candarin Dull Orange $14.40 $24.00 $21.60 $36.00
8 cent on 6 candarin Brown $19.20 $32.00 $30.00 $50.00
10 cent on 6 candarin Brown $30.00 $50.00 $36.00 $60.00
10 cent on 9 candarin Deep Green $78.00 $130.00 $225.00 $375.00
10 cent on 12 candarin Golden Yellow $84.00 $140.00 $192.00 $320.00
30 cent on 24 candarin Deep Green $130.00 $190.00 $210.00 $350.00


1897 Large Numeral Surcharge 2˝mm Below Chinese Characters on Dowager





Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
˝ cent on 3 candarin Lemon Yellow $21.00 $35.00 $18.00 $30.00
1 cent on 1 candarin Pink Orange $15.00 $25.00 $21.00 $35.00
2 cent on 2 candarin Yellow Green $15.00 $25.00 $21.00 $35.00
4 cent on 4 candarin Pale Rose $12.00 $20.00 $24.00 $40.00
5 cent on 5 candarin Yellow $18.00 $30.00 $24.00 $40.00
8 cent on 6 candarin Red Brown $160.00 $210.00 $240.00 $400.00
10 cent on 9 candarin Yellowish Green $33.00 $55.00 $84.00 $140.00
10 cent on 9 candarin Emerald Green $45.00 $70.00 $90.00 $150.00
10 cent on 12 candarin Pale Orange Yellow $45.00 $75.00 $180.00 $300.00
30 cent on 24 candarin Rose Red $150.00 $250.00 $275.00 $325.00


1897 Large Numeral Surcharge 1˝mm Below Chinese Characters on Dowager







Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
˝ cent on 3 candarin Buff $14.40 $24.00 $12.00 $20.00
1 cent on 1 candarin Pale Vermilion $14.40 $24.00 $15.00 $25.00
2 cent on 2 candarin Yellow Green $14.40 $24.00 $15.00 $25.00
4 cent on 4 candarin Pink $110.00 $130.00 $145.00 $180.00
5 cent on 5 candarin Chrome Yellow $110.00 $130.00 $145.00 $180.00
10 cent on 9 candarin Dull Green $72.00 $80.00 $90.00 $140.00
10 cent on 12 candarin Brown Orange $60.00 $100.00 $160.00 $200.00
30 cent on 24 candarin Red $3,000.00 $15,000.00


1897 Large Numeral Surcharge 1˝mm Below Chinese Characters on 1897 Re-Engraved Dowager and Small Dragons





Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
1/2 cent on 3 candarin Yellow $96.00 $150.00 $160.00 $200.00
2 cent on 2 candarin Green $21.00 $35.00 $40.00 $50.00


1897 Large Numeral on Small Dragon





Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
1 cent on 1 candarin Green $400.00 $500.00 $325.00 $400.00
2 cent on 2 candarin Lilac $700.00 $800.00 $800.00 $1,000.00
5 cent on 5 candarin Greenish Yellow $275.00 $350.00 $175.00 $210.00


1897 Surcharges on 3 cent Red Revenue







Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
1 cent on 3 cent .. $110.00 $150.00 $190.00 $320.00
1 cent on 3 cent Large Box $110.00 $150.00 $190.00 $320.00
2 cent on 3 cent Small $210.00 $350.00 $550.00 $700.00
2 cent on 3 cent Large $150.00 $170.00 $180.00 $210.00
4 cent on 3 cent .. $6,000.00 $9,000.00
4 cent on 3 cent Large $130.00 $150.00 $275.00 $310.00
$1 on 3 cent Large $800.00 $1,000.00 $1,440.00 $2,400.00
$5 on 3 cent .. $7,000.00 $7,250.00 $7,500.00 $7,750.00


1897 Dragon Carp and Wild Goose - Yin-Yang Watermark - Lithographed - Perforated 11 - 11˝ – 12

The first Imperial issue inscribed "Imperial Chinese Post" and denominated in dollars and cents. Lithographed in Japan on watermarked paper as an expediency when stamps which had been ordered from Waterlow and Sons in London were late in arriving.




Dragon

Carp

Goose


Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
˝ cent Purple Brown - Dragon $1.80 $3.00 $2.40 $4.00
1 cent Yellow - Dragon $1.80 $3.00 $3.00 $5.00
2 cent Orange - Dragon $1.80 $3.00 $1.80 $3.00
4 cent Brown - Dragon $1.80 $3.00 $3.00 $5.00
5 cent Rose Red - Dragon $1.80 $3.00 $3.00 $5.00
10 cent Dark Green - Dragon $1.80 $3.00 $14.40 $24.00
20 cent Maroon - Carp $8.40 $14.00 $33.00 $55.00
30 cent Red - Carp $16.50 $27.50 $48.00 $80.00
50 cent Yellow Green - Carp $22.50 $37.50 $39.00 $65.00
$1 Carmine Red - Goose $120.00 $150.00 $175.00 $200.00
$2 Orange & Yellow - Goose $900.00 $950.00 $1,000.00 $1,250.00
$5 Dark Green & Rose - Goose $600.00 $625.00 $650.00 $800.00


1898 Dragon Carp and Wild Goose - Yin-Yang Watermark – Engraved

The second Imperial issue. These stamps were intended to be the first issue but were delayed. Engraved by Waterlow and Sons in London. The incription differs from the Japanese print above reading "Chinese Imperial Post" and there are design differences as well.

See 1902-3 for an additional issue with the same design.




Dragon

Dragon

Dragon



Carp

Carp

Goose



Goose


Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
˝ cent Chocolate - Dragon $1.80 $3.00 $3.00 $5.00
1 cent Ochre - Dragon $1.20 $2.00 $3.00 $5.00
1 cent Orange - Dragon $1.20 $2.00 $3.00 $5.00
2 cent Scarlet - Dragon $1.20 $2.00 $3.00 $5.00
2 cent Deep Red - Dragon $1.44 $2.40 $3.00 $5.00
4 cent Orange Brown - Dragon $1.20 $2.00 $3.00 $5.00
5 cent Salmon - Dragon $2.10 $3.50 $4.20 $7.00
10 cent Dark Blue Green - Dragon $1.20 $2.00 $6.00 $10.00
20 cent Claret - Carp $3.60 $6.00 $27.60 $46.00
30 cent Dull Rose - Carp $6.00 $10.00 $21.00 $35.00
50 cent Light Green - Carp $7.20 $12.00 $33.00 $55.00
$1 Red & Pale Rose - Goose $18.00 $30.00 $132.00 $220.00
$2 Brown Red/Yellow - Goose $39.00 $65.00 $250.00 $325.00
$5 Deep Green/Salmon - Goose $120.00 $200.00 $450.00 $550.00


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These prices for Chinese stamps are provided as a service to Hobbizine readers. They are derived from numerous sources such as dealer price lists, advertisements in philatelic publications, and public auction results. Use these values as a guideline for evaluating the reasonableness of dealer prices, setting up trades with other collectors, and estimating the worth of your collection. The value of an individual stamp is dependent on its centering and condition. Four prices are listed here for each stamp:

  • --Used as Normally Collected
  • --Used Exceptionally Fine
  • --Mint as Normally Collected
  • --Mint Exceptionally Fine
It is hoped that this range of prices will meet the needs of most collectors. However, a particularly nice example might sell for more than the amounts listed, while a particularly poor copy might be worth less.

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