Author: Francis Chan

China, Large Dragon (Cover) : 1879 (27 Nov.)

China
Envelope to "William Hancock I.M. Customs, Shanghai" showing "Customs/Tamsuy" double-ring origin d.s. of "Nov 27 79" ("27" inverted) in red, "Customs/Amoy" double-ring transit d.s. of "Nov 29 79" in red on reverse, and bearing Large Dragons 1878 thin paper 3ca. brown-red, rough perfs., with sheet margin at right, cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Dec 2 79", with a matching strike on reverse, envelope opened out for display, slight peripheral ageing at left, very fine and a great rarity. Chan 2. Sold for HK$2,875,000 By InterAsia Auctions Sale 55 Asian Stamps & Postal History Lot 347 on June 26-29, 2016  

China Large Dragon

China
Municipal Posts, Shanghai, Large Dragons Printing 37: 3ca. terracotta on laid paper used with a very faint strike of the large belt buckle cancellation type SPL-4 in red; small margins, just cut into top left corner and some splitting of the paper along the internal horizontal frame lines (which were heavily impressed into the paper). A very good example of this rare stamp, only five or six used examples were previously recorded. Photo. Colonel Valentine Burkhardt collection Sold for HK$95,000 By Spink Auction: 13009 - Fine Stamps and Covers of China and Hong Kong Lot 2004 on January  13,2013

The Inverted Jenny Position 58

USA
24c Carmine Rose & Blue, Center Inverted (C3a). Position 58, nearly perfect centering, fresh and bright colors, barely hinged at bottom left EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE 1918 24-CENT INVERTED JENNY IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY PROFESSIONAL STAMP EXPERTS. THIS STAMP HAS ALWAYS BEEN REGARDED AS ONE OF THE FINEST FROM THE ORIGINAL DISCOVERY SHEET OF 100. IT IS THE ONLY INVERTED JENNY TO HAVE MET THE RIGOROUS STANDARDS FOR THE XF-SUPERB 95 GRADE. The original sheet of one hundred Inverted Jenny errors was purchased by William T. Robey on 14 May 1918, the first day the stamps went on sale in all three principal airmail route cities: Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia. Robey bought the sheet for its $24 face value at the New York Avenue Post Office window...

USA #314

USA
#314A, 4c Brown imperforate, an exceptional used example of this important 20th century rarity, being one of the very few existing copies showing full characteristic Schermack Ty. III private perforations on both sides (many are found with perforations on only one side, or none at all), rather well centered overall, rich luxuriant color, typical neat wavy line machine cancel, small corner crease at bottom left and a small scuff at bottom confined to outer edge and not at all affecting the design in any way, otherwise fine for this; certainly one of the rarest stamps of the twentieth century; 2016 PF certificate. Sold for US$21,0000 By Spink - Auction 154 The Philatelic Collector's Series Sale Lot: 273 on May 11-12, 2016

1912 “Provisional Neutrality” overprints

China
1912 "Provisional Neutrality" overprints for use in Foochow 3c. blue-green, double pane of fifty with selvedge all round, containing two interpanneau panes of twenty-five, very fresh mint unmounted, two vertical rows of stamps have gum creases, very rare complete sheet. Chan 140. Sold for HK$200,000 By Spink CSS18 The Philatelic Collector's Series Sale Lot: 311 on June 14, 2016

United States 1979 “CIA” Invert

USA
1979 $1.00 Rush Lamp & Candle Holder, intaglio brown color inverted, n.h., v.f. The CIA invert is one of the bestl known inverted color errors in United States collecting. These stamps were discovered by an on-duty CIA employee who teamed up with some colleagues to purchase the pane from a post office. Saving a copy each, the group later sold the bulk of the sheet to a prominent stamp dealer. News of the error reached CIA officials who sought to claim ownership and US Postal authorities who tried to recover the stamps. Official queries, threats, and even job losses followed the group until the sale of the pane was ruled legal. Only about 80-85 copies exist. Sold for US$15,000 By Cherrystone Auctions Sale - 0616 Rare Stamps and Postal History of the World - June 7-8, 201