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《Centenary Birthday of Post of China》
(Souvenir Sheet) March 20, 1996
On March 20, 1896, Tsungli Yamen (總理衙門 Office of Foreign Affairs) submitted a memorial to the throne to propose establishment of the National Postal Service. Emperor Kuang Hsu wrote "Proceed accordingly" in vermilion. This date became the birthday of Post of China.

The Imperial Post Office was planned to inaugurate on January 1st, 1897, and changing the currency used for postage unit from Candarin of Silver to Silver Dollar. Due to some delay on schedule, the Imperial Post Office officially opened on February 20th. In order to meet the immediate needs for new postage stamps of silver dollar system, a quantity of Small Dragon and Empress Dowager issues of the Customs Post and unissued Red Revenue stamps were surcharged with new values in silver dollar denomination.

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