Rare stamps of China
China have issued more than 1000 sets of definitive, commemorative and special stamps since 1949. The charming China stamps with distinctive themes, rich content and unique artistry are records of the over-five-thousand-year history from the very ancient times to modern China. Among them, some stamps become very rare and out of the common.
In 1952, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications planned to issue one set stamp in commemoration the 35 Anniv. of the October Revolution. Before the issue, the Propaganda Department of China indicated the title "the Great Soviet October Relolutionn" is in error and all stamps need to destroied and reprinted. About 40,000 stamps were sold at last.
On June 15th 1956, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications planned to issue the special
stamp S15 Scenic Spots of Beijing , when the stamp was printed, the third Morning of Tianan
Men looks bad and was called "the nuclear glare of Tiananmen", so this stamp was not issued.
In 1962, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications issued stamp C92 Scientists of Ancient
China. Before the issue, a mistake was found in the first stamp when print in works. The birth
time of Cai Lun should be Gongyuan (pinyin, A.D. ) was printed as Gongyuan Qian(B.C.), and
the workers corrected the printing plate luckily they missed one and noone found this. Later
when this stamp set issued, there is one variety item in each stamp sheet.
On November 23th, 1968, the period of Culture Revolution, Ministry of Post and
Telecommunications issued one stamp The Whole Country is Red. When the stamp
started to be sold, in the same day, one editor of Sinomaps Press found they missed
the Xisha Islands and the Nansha Islands on the stamps, he reported this to the
Post and the issue was stopped.
The big "Whole Country is Red" stamp.Unofficially Issued.