A Note on the 2002 North Korean Surcharges

North Korea

A few years ago, I was offered, for a few dollars, the upper cover shown here, the multiple franking (there are 17 more copies of the stamp on the reverse!) on 9 August 2002, reflecting the stellar inflation of the postage from the first of the month from 5chon to 3won, an increase of a factor of 60. With the extravagant franking, I reckoned I had a good buy – but with such a rate of usage, how long could stocks of this stamp last. 

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