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1903 King Edward

With Shanghai (China) cancel With Canton (China) cancel Stamp used in Swatow, China 1 $ green and lilac

  1 c brown and lilac
  1 c brown
  2 c green (2 shades)
  2 c green
  4 c lilac on red
  4 c red
  5 c orange and green
  6 c violet and red
  8 c violet and black
  10 c blue and lilac on blue
  10 c blue
  12 c lilac and green on yellow
  20 c brown and black
  20 c green and lilac
  30 c black and green
  30 c orange and lilac
  50 c lilac and green
  50 c black on green
  1 $ green and lilac
  2 $ red and black
  2 $ black and red
  3 $ blue and black
  5 $ green and lilac
  10 $ orange and black on blue

For the specialist; these stamps have watermark 'CA Crown' or 'Multiple CA Crown' (1904). They are all perforated 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With watermark 'CA Crown'
1 c brown and lilac c* 
2 c ** 
4 c lilac on red** 
5 c*** 
8 c**** 
10 c blue and lilac on blue **** 
12 c***** 
20 c brown and black****** 
30 c black and green****** 
50 c lilac and greenR*** 
1 $R*** 
2 $ red and blackRRRR 
3 $RRRR 
5 $RRRR 
10 $RRRR 
With watermark 'Multiple CA Crown'
1 c brown** 
2 c*c 
4 c lilac on red** 
4 c red*c 
5 c ** 
6 c*** 
8 c*** 
10 c blue and lilac on blue**** 
10 c blue**c 
12 c**** 
20 c brown and black**** 
20 c green and lilac **** 
30 c black and green**** 
30 c orange and lilac****** 
50 c lilac and green***** 
50 c black on green ****** 
1 $R*** 
2 $ red and blackRRRR 
2 $ black and redRRRR 
3 $RRRR 
5 $RRRR 
10 $RRRRR 

The higher values are often used fiscally, they are worth much less than postally used ones, example:


(Fiscal cancel on a 2 $ red and black stamp)

Fiscal overprint (DP; Daily Press, a firm security chop, if my information is correct the 1 c brown and lilac and 4 c lilac on red also exist with similar overprint):

Other, similar security chops exist for other firms.

Stamps used in China, examples: Foochow and Hoihow:

Special cancel (I.P.O.):

The cancel 'I.P.O' (Imperial Post Office) was used by the Chinese Post, many varieties of size exist (34 types). China only joined the UPU in 1914; instead it signed seperate conventions with various countries before that date. These required mail leaving China to be paid partly by Chinese stamps and partly by those of the country to which the mail was going. Because the foreign stamp could not be cancelled at the office where it had been mailed, it could be stolen and replaced by a stamp of lower denomination en route. To prevent this, the mailing office applied a small handstamp, consisting of the letters 'IPO', usually boxed, in a way that it fell on both stamp and cover, so that the stamp is "tied" to the cover. This handstamp can be found on Hong Kong stamps between 1899 and 1905. (Information derived from the website http://www.island.net/~rjbw/Stamps1.html of Robert J.B. Wilson.)

1912 King George V

  1 c brown
  2 c green
  2 c grey
  3 c grey
  4 c red
  5 c lilac
  6 c orange
  8 c grey
  8 c orange
  10 c blue
  12 c lilac on yellow
  20 c green and lilac
  25 c lilac
  30 c orange and lilac
  50 c black and grey
  1 $ blue and lilac on blue
  2 $ brown and red
  3 $ lilac and green
  5 $ red and green on green
  10 $ black and lilac on red

For the specialist; these stamps were first issued with watermark 'CA Multiple Crown', later with 'Multiple Script CA Crown' (1921). They are all perforated 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With watermark 'CA Multiple Crown'
1 c*c 
2 c green*c 
4 c*c 
6 c *c 
8 c grey**** 
10 c**c 
12 c****Exists with white paper on the back: **
20 c**** 
25 c*****Two types exist, differing in the upper left chinese character
30 c**** 
50 c****Exists with white paper on the back: ***
1 $R*** 
2 $RR*** 
3 $RRR 
5 $RRRRExists with white paper on the back: RR
10 $RRRR 
With Watermark 'CA Script Multiple Crown'
1 ccc 
2 c greencc 
2 c greycvc 
3 c cvc 
4 ccc 
5 ccvc 
8 c grey****** 
8 c orange*c 
10 c*c 
12 ccc 
20 c** 
25 c** 
30 c*** 
50 c*** 
1 $**** 
2 $****** 
3 $R*** 
5 $RR 

Later issues, examples:


(1935 issue, Windsor Castle)

The initial design with Queen Victoria was repeated in 1938 with the head of King George VI and later Queen Elizabeth.


(King George VI issue, 1938)


(Queen Elizabeth issue, example)


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