Rare 80 'Golden Money' stamps coming up at Zurich Asia auction

Zurich Asia will be holding its largest sale of Stamps and Postal History of China, Hong Kong, India and other Countries between 13 and 15 August 2011 at The Excelsior in Hong Kong. Over 3,000 lots of rare and fine Chinese and Asian stamps, with an estimated total value of over HK$25 million, will be offered.

The star lot is a rare complete sheet of 80 'Golden Monkey' stamps in unmounted mint with full original gum (Est. HK$1.1-1.2 million). The complete sheet of 8 fen "Golden Monkey", celebrating the 1980 Year of the Monkey, ranks among the highest echelons of philatelic gems that are much desired by discerning collectors. Zurich Asia has been highly prized for bringing together most superb examples of this rarity in auction market, including two sheets that achieved strong prices in its February 2011 Hong Kong sale

Other highlights are a 1968 'The Whole Country is Red' 8 fen mint stamp with fresh colour, one of the greatest stamps of the People’s Republic of China (Est. HK$600,000-700,000), a 1956 "Views of Peking" 8 fen orange-red stamp, with a background illustrating rays of sunlight (Estimate: HK$450,000-500,000). Used with three partial strikes of the Zhejiang 56.8 circular-date-stamp, it is however still incredibly fresh with very fine fonts. It is definitely one of the best examples of this stamp on offer.

There is also an unused 1949 Flying Geese bluish green Dah Tung printed stamp without value, which is still remarkably fine and fresh in colour (Estimate: HK$250,000-300,000). With only six copies recorded in the hands of private collectors, this stamp is therefore highly sought-after in the market. Many other examples of this stamp have suffered ageing and are with toned spots or other defacing marks. This excellent consignment stands out with superb condition and no faults.