The Inverted Sun Yat-sen stamp is being offered by Cherrystone. A major Chinese rarity is to fetch more than $150,000

April 12th, 2018

FindYourStampsValue.com is excited to let all stamp collectors know that one of the rarest Chinese stamps is to be sold at Cherrystone auction that will take place on April 24-25. This is the Inverted Sun Yat-sen stamp that is described by Cherrystone as showing “deep rich colors, post office fresh, characteristic centering frame to bottom, never hinged.”

The Inverted Sun Yat-sen stamps feature Sun Yat-sen who was considered to be China’s “Father of the Nation”.  He was a passionate revolutionary, who was instrumental in the downfall of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China. Produced in 1941, the inverted Dr Sun Yat Sen is in mint condition, and is one of the rarest of all Chinese stamps. Just one sheet of fifty stamps is believed to have been produced with this error.

In December 1945, a schoolboy in Chungking bought a pane of 50 of the $2 value and was surprised to see that the center vignette was inverted. This was the only inverted pane ever discovered. The stamp has a catalogue value of $220,000 and Cherrystone is currently offering this unique lot with an opening bid of $150,000.