World stamp exhibition in Taipei to feature several rare stamp sets
Oct 14, 2016 UncategorizedComments Off on World stamp exhibition in Taipei to feature several rare stamp sets
The PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition will be held on Oct. 21-26 in Taipei and will feature a wide range of rare stamps, Chunghwa Post Co., the organizer of the exhibition, said Thursday.
Chunghwa Post said it has invited 92 members of the Federation Internationale de Philatelie to participate in the exhibition and 80 of them have replied that they would.
The exhibition will feature a whole sheet of the original Shanghai flying geese stamps that bear no face value. The sheet of 200 frames was brought by the Kuomintang government to Taiwan when it retreated here in 1949 at the end of the Chinese civil war and has also been singled out as a national treasure that is quite rare and has considerable historical significance.
Also to be featured is a whole sheet of four stamps depicting a ceremonial elephant carrying a pot on its back, which was the first set of Chinese designed postage stamps, but was not officially issued.
Meanwhile, a sheet of four pieces of the red revenue stamps, which are Qing Dynasty Chinese revenue stamps overprinted with the small words of "one dollar" and were meant to be used as postage stamps, will also be highlighted in the exhibition.
Other highlights include one sheet of 25 unused wide margin large dragon stamps, which is considered one of the rarest national treasures of China.
In Sotheby's Auction in London in 1991, a philatelist from Hong Kong succeeded in bidding for that sheet of the wide margin large dragon stamps at a price of Pound 374,000. The sheet is worth nearly NT$200 million (US$6.3 million) now, a philatelist said.