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Def 006 Empress Dowager's Birthday Commemorative Issue Surcharged in Large Figures with Wide Interval (1897)

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Stamp Name Def 006 Empress Dowager's Birthday Commemorative Issue Surcharged in Large Figures with Wide Interval (1897)
Stamp Cat Standard Definitive Stamps
Stamp Cat Emblems, Navigation, Myth
Issue date 1897-03-01
Suspersion date 1897-09-30
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Sheet composition D6.1-6.6 (4×5)×4
D6.7-6.9 (5×5)×2



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The Empress Dowager’s Birthday Commemorative Stamps returned to Shanghai by the Post Office various places 
were invariably surcharged in small characters.

  Before the issue of new stamps, an extra lot of such commemorative stamps was printed with
 the original dies (commonly known as Second Print) and then surcharged in silver dollar 
currency The characteristics of this issue are that the surcharge was made in larger Arabic 
figures with a wide interval (2 1/2 ㎜.) between the surcharged Chinese characters and 
surcharged Arabic figures in each stamp. Hence such stamps are known as〝Large Arabic Figures and Wide Interval Stamps〞. 

  Although stamps used for the surcharges were mostly of the 2nd print Dowager commemoratives,
 a small quantity of the 〝First Print〞stamps, which were returned from remote Post Offices 
at later dates, was also surcharged with the large character surcharge type. The surcharged 
work was done by the Customs statistical Department, Shanghai.