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24/11/2018

ZANARIA AUCTION – FOCUS ON ITALIAN P.O. IN CHINA

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1521-001Following the participation in the multinational military mission sent to China to restore the order after the Boxer uprising, in 1901 Italy obtained a territorial concession.

From 1917 two post offices were also set up in Pechino and Tientsin. These were made to serve the Legation and Consulate staff, as well as the Italian military forces in the area.

The post offices used here Italian stamps that, were locally overprinted with the denomination in local currency. Some of these stamps were printed in only a few copies and are among the most important items in a collection of Italian stamps.

In our auction we are lucky enough to propose some of the finest rarities of this area, including:

Lot 1521 – Pechino 2 DOLLARS on 5L, unused – starting price € 20.000

Floreale issues, 5L ultramarine and rose overprinted “2 DOLLARS” (Sassone 30), well centred with full/original gum. Very rare (only 15 copies printed) offered at a starting price of € 20.000, with a valuation of the Sassone catalog of € 190.000

Lot 1522 – Pechino 2 DOLLARS on 5L, used – starting price € 17.500

We are lucky to propose another copy of the same stamp (Floreale, 5L ultramarine and rose, overprinted “2 DOLLARS” in capital letters -Sassone 30), this time used with light cancellation. Evaluated € 150.000 on the Sassone, it is offered with a starting price of € 17.500

Lotto 1523 – Pechino 4cent on 10c, used – starting price € 17.000

1919 – 10c ochre and orange local overprinted “4 CENTS PECHINO” (Sassone T5), outstanding copy, used. Very rare, evaluated € 150.000 on the Sassone Catalogue, it is offered with a starting price of € 17.500

Lot 1520 and 1527 – Pechino and Tientsin, covers with 2 dollars on 5L to USA – starting price 20.000 each

This is an extraordinary pair of covers, each franked with a copy of the Floreale 5 Lire with hand local overprint “2 dollars” respectively from Pechino (Sassone 29) and Tientsin (Sassone 25) to the USA. Both extremely rare, they are proposed individually at a starting price of € 20.000 each.