【Autumn 2023 Sales Special Features: Unadopted “Map of China” Republic commemorative issues complete set】
1912 Unadopted “Map of China” Republic commemorative issues complete set, all bearing oval cancellation seal. It was supposed to be the first commemorative issue of ROC but was withdrawn due to the objection of Yuan Shikai. As the National Assembly was divided into the South and the North bloc, the Republic and the Revolution commemoratives respectively with the portrait of Yuan Shikai and Sun Yat-sen were issued instead. Save for archival retention, all “Map of China” specimens were destroyed, scarce thus.