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.
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blogOn June 28, 1914, by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip with the squeeze of a trigger sparked would become to be known as “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars.” Read More ›
blogEleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds share ideas …,” and Linn’s is fortunate to have thoughtful leaders of the stamp hobby on its Editorial Advisory Board. Board members participated in a lively discussion of “The State of the Stamp Hobby” Aug. 21 at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich. Read More ›
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Marty Frankevicz discusses the controversy in Canada over increasing postage rates, the elimination of home mail delivery and the erecting of cluster boxes.
Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
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.