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1936 New Life Movement Commemorative Issue

Issued January 2, 1936 by the Chinese Bureau of Engraving and Printing. There are four stamps in the issue but only three designs with the 2 cent and 5 cent values sharing the same image. The New Life Movement was an element of President Chiang Kai-shek's efforts to unify and rejuvenate China. The stamps contain symbols of the Chinese Nationalist Movement, the sun with a single line circle, and a shield representing the New Life Movement itself.





Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
2 cent Olive Green Emblem $0.35 $0.60 $0.40 $0.65
5 cent Green Emblem $0.10 $0.15 $0.50 $0.80
20 cent Ultramarine Shield $0.33 $0.55 $2.40 $4.00
$1 Rose Red Lighthouse $2.10 $3.50 $16.80 $28.00


1936 Founding of Chinese Post Office Commemorative Issue

Celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Chinese Post Office with four colorful stamps depicting various postal themed scenes. The stamps were popular with collectors and the public as they represented an exciting departure from earlier designs which often featured symbols and portraits of political figures.





Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
2 cent Orange Plane over the Mongolian desert. $0.10 $0.15 $0.20 $0.30
5 cent Green Shanghai harbor $0.10 $0.15 $0.25 $0.40
25 cent Blue Shanghai General Post Office $0.20 $0.30 $1.80 $3.00
$1 Dark Carmine Ministry of Communications Building in Nanking $2.70 $4.50 $13.20 $22.00


1936-8 Earlier Issues Surcharged - Reaping Rice, Sun Yat-sen, and Huang Hsing







Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
5 cent on 15 cent Deep Blue $0.30 $0.50 $0.95 $1.60
5 cent on 16 cent Olive Green $0.60 $1.00 $1.80 $3.00
1 cent on 4 cent Green $0.30 $0.50 $0.75 $1.20
8 cent on 40 cent Orange $0.40 $0.70 $1.10 $1.80
10 cent on 25 cent Ultramarine $0.20 $0.30 $1.10 $1.80


1938 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Type I Printed by Chung Hwa Book Company - Perforated 12 - Type I - Coat Button Half Circle - Six lines of shading above head





Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
$1 Henna / Dk Brn $4.55 $7.60 $42.00 $70.00
$2 Dp Blue/Orange Brn $1.55 $2.60 $6.25 $10.40
$5 Red/ Grnsh Blk $5.30 $8.80 $16.00 $22.00


1939 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Perforated 12 Unwatermarked - Type II - Coat button complete circle





Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
$1 Henna/ Dk Brn $0.30 $0.50 $6.25 $10.40
$2 Deep Blue/Orange Brown $1.45 $2.40 $7.65 $12.80


1939-41 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Perforated 12 Unwatermarked - Type III Coat button complete circle - Top frame line fully shaded









Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
2 cent Olive Green $0.10 $0.15 $0.09 $0.15
3 cent Red Brown $0.10 $0.15 $0.09 $0.15
5 cent Green $0.10 $0.15 $0.09 $0.15
5 cent Olive Green $0.10 $0.15 $0.09 $0.15
8 cent Green $0.10 $0.15 $0.09 $0.15
10 cent Green $0.10 $0.15 $0.09 $0.15
15 cent Scarlet $0.95 $1.60 $0.55 $0.90
15 cent Dark Violet Brown $16.20 $27.00 $7.20 $12.00
16 cent Olive Gray $0.20 $0.30 $0.70 $1.20
25 cent Dark Blue $0.60 $0.70 $0.15 $0.25
$1 Henna & Dark Brown $0.60 $0.70 $0.85 $1.40
$2 Dp Blue & Greenish Blk $0.25 $0.40 $1.55 $2.60
$5 Red & Greenish Black $0.25 $0.40 $1.10 $1.80
$10 Dark Green & Dull Purple $1.10 $1.80 $6.25 $10.40
$20 Rose Lake & Dark Blue $24.00 $40.00 $21.60 $36.00


1939 150th Anniversary of the US Constitution







Denom. Description Used Used EF Mint Mint EF
5 cent Dk Green Ultra & Rose $0.30 $0.50 $0.70 $1.20
25 cent Dark Blue Rose & Ultra $0.50 $0.80 $0.70 $1.20
50 cent Brown Rose & Ultra $0.60 $1.00 $1.80 $3.00
$1 Rose Car Rose & Ultra $1.20 $2.00 $3.00 $5.00




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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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