Zurich Asia held an auction in Hong Kong March 15-16 featuring stamps and postal history of China, Hong Kong and other Asian countries.
One of the most interesting items was a 1917 cover sent by registered mail from the Mongolian town of Khovd (or Hovd) to Beijing. Decorated on one side with a red band, denoting good news, and covered with Chinese writing, the cover is franked with a single and a vertical pair of the Russian 10-kopeck Arms stamp of 1909 (Scott 79) and postmarked with the circular date stamp of the Russian post office in the town then known as Kobdo.
Mongolian and Russian censor markings, as well as bilingual Peking (Beijing) transit and arrival markings, complete the picture of the cover’s journey.
The Russian post office in Khovd opened in 1913 and closed in 1924, according to the Zurich Asia auction catalog. Only four covers were previously known from there, the one in the Zurich Asia sale being a newly discovered fifth.
It sold for the equivalent of $148,000, including the 15 percent buyer’s premium Zurich Asia adds to the hammer price on all lots.
Another by now familiar item was a full mint sheet of the 1980 Year of the Monkey 8-fen stamp (Scott 1586), which sold for more than $155,000.
blogWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
blogThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
blogIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.