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Chinese president honored on in-demand U.S. stamp: Tip of the Week

Oct 14, 2016, 1 PM
The United States 1961 4¢ Dr. Sun Yat-sen stamp (Scott 1188) is in demand in mint panes of 50.

By Henry Gitner & Rick Miller 

On Oct. 10, 1961, the United States issued a 4¢ Dr. Sun Yat-sen commemorative stamp (Scott 1188). Sun, a medical doctor and convert to Christianity, was a nationalist revolutionary who led the movement to overthrow the last emperor of China and establish a republic. He became provisional president of China in 1911.

In 1912, he co-founded the Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Party (KMT). In the chaos and civil war that followed, Sun brought the KMT into temporary alliance with the Chinese Communists. He died of liver cancer at the age of 58 on March 12, 1925, in Beijing.

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However, there is demand for the mint pane of 50, which is popular with Chinese collectors. We last tipped the mint pane of 50 in the March 19, 2012, Stamp Market Tips. It is time to tip it again.

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Demand for this pane has been steady through the years, and it continues today. Face value for the pane of 50 is just $2. The mint pane regularly sells in the $15-to-$20 price range. Shop around, and you might even find it cheaper. When buying, make sure that there are no perforation separations.