Friday, November 15, 2019


Current “My own stamp” (나만의 우표) options

Currently KoreaPost offers “My own stamp” (나만의 우표) sheets with postage stamps only in the sheets, with the exception of one very large “seal” in these sheets. Three colourful examples of the possible configurations can be found on the ePost website. In these three sheets all the smaller stamps are actual postage stamps, but can […]

Chinese “Non Postal Value Souvenir Sheet” for Philakorea 1994

Many different types of philatelic products have been created over the years by many different organizations and individuals. In China the so-called “Non Postal Value Souvenir Sheets” are one specific example of a type of such a product. They were (and are?) created on a very large scale, but they are relatively unknown outside of […]


Andrew B Graham Co. business card shows Korea’s second issue

Here is a nice item which is rarely seen. I have often wondered why the second issue of Korea was printed in Washington, DC since the first issue was done in Japan. In any event the stamps were printed by Andrew B Graham Co. a Washington, DC lithographer.

Some more examples of North Korean stamp varieties

Whether its intentional or simply a mistake, there are is no shortage of varieties of North Korean stamps. Stamp varieties make collecting fun and they are a big part of our hobby. The varieties you look for depend on your preferences as a collector. Errors during printing are among the most highly desired stamp varieties.


The 1951 provisional inflationary surcharge issues of Korea (1961): Part 1

The 1951 provisional Korean stamps were issued with overprinted inflationary denominations of 100, 200, and 300 won on the basic stamps whose values range from 4 to 100 won. These overprinted stamps afford not only an exciting challenge to the casual collector, but also an excellent opportunity for specialization by the most exacting connoisseur. Recent […]

What are we collecting? A report on the Members’ Survey

One of my tasks as Speciality Editor for the Society is to ask old and new members what their collecting interests are. This is the first report I’ve made public and I thought that many of our members would want to know what fellows members said.


Reader’s question: Gum Creases in 1960’s Souvenir Sheets?

(Reader’s question) I have a question for readers of the KSS website. Many, if not most, of the 1960’s souvenir sheets from South Korea have gum creases or folds that are especially prominent on the gum side of the sheets. With scans, you can see some of the folds on the face of the souvenir […]

Cut outs or die proofs or…? What are these items?

The items shown here are “cut outs” according to Spink Auction. In their Spink China auction of May 2017 these five items were listed by Spink as “1884 First issue, set of five, colour die proof in white thick paper, toned spots.” They were sold for HK$20.000 (approx. 2300 EUR or 2550 USD).


Download (KSS members only): “Handbook of Philatelic Forgeries – Korean Empire”

One of the most challenging aspects of collecting Korean stamps is that there are many forgeries/counterfeits/fakes of both the stamps as well as the overprints and cancellations of the early “Empire” issues from 1884 to 1900. Very often, the stamps, overprints and the cancellations can all be forgeries. Fortunately, there are few or none known […]

More album pages from KSS members

(Our informal series on Korean album pages continues with this installment form KSS member Walter Swanson.) I am a member of Athens (Georgia, USA) Philatelic Society and before my retirement from teaching I was a member of Sunrise Stamp Club in Florida. I am #843 of Korea Stamp Society, since 1979, and Scandinavian Collectors Club […]

Korea-related Philatelic News

Illustrator of 2019 Christmas seals interviewed

The Korean National Tuberculosis Association interviewed the illustrator who created this year’s Christmas seals, Ahn Sol (안솔). The seals show the Haenyeo (해녀) of Jeju island, the women who dive for seafood around the coast of the island. Ahn Sol created the artwork for the seals while staying for a couple of months on the […]

The 2019 Christmas seals have been released!

The new Christmas seals for Christmas 2019 have been released by the Korea National Tuberculosis Association. The stamps feature Jeju island and the famous local diving women, the “haenyeo”. The sheet is for sale online through the KNTA website and costs 3.000 won (approx. 2,50 dollars / 2,30 EUR).


KPC17022614: “National Stamp Exhibition” postal card

(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 15 November 2019 KoreaPost issued a new postal card to commemorate the 2019 National Stamp Exhibition (2019 전국우표전시회). This was the first time in several years KoreaPost created a postal card for a stamp exhibition, the last cards for such an occasion having been produced in July 2016.

KoreaPost stamp issue leaflets for 2018 (II)

Part II of our listing of the stamp issue leaflets released by KoreaPost in 2018 on the occasion of new stamp releases. These leaflets were printed to show both the stamps and the details of the stamps such as the date of issue, the numbers printed and the designers.


KSC5219-5223: Cactus

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On October 13th, Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series on cactuses.

KSC5218G: 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the DPRK and the PRC

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On October 6th, Korea Stamp Corporation issued a Souvenir Sheet and Stamp Booklet to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the DPRK and the PR China. The 70 won stamp features the national emblems of the DPRK and the PRC.

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