Auction: CSS60 - Fine Stamps of China and Hong Kong
Foreign Post Offices
German Post Office
1900-01 Tientsin Provisional
50pf. black and purple on rose, lightly mounted or unmounted mint. A very fine example of this rarity being fresh and well centred. Signed by Richter and Bühler. Briefmarkenprufstelle Certificate (2002). Mi. 13, €20,000; Chan FG20; S.G. 20. Photo
The official postmaster's report indicates that 300 of each of the 30pf., 50pf. and 80pf. values were overprinted, but experience in the philatelic market has indicated that the 50pf. is by far the rarest. The 50pf., being the first value to be issued, was also proportionately more used than the other values making mint examples even rarer .