Corinphila is to auction the “King of Chinese Stamps”. China’s red Small Dollar is to be sold for $300,000

May 15th, 2018 is delighted to let you know that Corinphila is to auction one of the greatest Chinese philatelic rarities – Red Revenue - Small 1 Dollar. This bright lot will be sold during the forthcoming Corinphila auction series, which will be held in Zurich from 28 May to 2 June 2018. The auction itself will present a wide range of material of recent years - both in terms of the number of lots and the value of the material being offered.

The ‘Red Revenue - Small 1 Dollar‘ ranks amongst the most important stamps of the world, commonly called the ‘King of Chinese Postage Stamps’. Only 32 examples are recorded to date!

The Red Revenue series was adopted in China as a provisional measure, as the planned set of stamps that showed China's new currency was delayed at the printers. As such, previously unissued stamps were overprinted with various denominations. The Chinese characters on the Small $1 were considered too small to read, and a second, larger $1 Red Revenue was issued. There are now only 32 examples of the Small $1 known to exist. Many of the specimens have faults and staining whilst the one that is being offered by Corinphila is in wondrously fresh condition. The lot is to fetch $300,000!