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Definitive31 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Issue Surcharged as 4?(1940)

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Stamp SN A031
Stamp Name Definitive31 Dr. Sun Yat-sen Issue Surcharged as 4?(1940)
Stamp Cat Standard Definitive Stamps
Stamp Cat Chiefs Of State, Emblems
Issue date 1940-10-20
Suspersion date
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Sheet composition (10×10)×2
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 On September 20, 1940 postage for local letters was raised from 2¢to 4¢per 20 gr., thus causing a sudden demand for 4¢stamps. Before the issue of new stamps, the 5 ¢stamps, which formed the major portion of remaining stock, were surcharged as 4 ¢with the Chinese characters 〝暫作肆分〞(temporarily surcharged as 4¢) over printed on the right and left-hand sides and the Arabic figure 〝4〞 at the bottom. Such surcharged stamps were immediately put on sale. The surcharge was made in No. 4 Imitation Sung Characters in red by the Dah Tung Book Co., Hongkong on the 5 ¢stamps of the unwatermarked Hongkong Dah Tung Print. A full sheet of 200 stamps was surcharged with two plated at a time.