(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) The Korea Stamp Corporation has published a sheetlet containing two stamps showing the cap-badges of the Korean People’s Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
The two stamps have the following values/designs:
- 10 won stamp: Cap-badge of the CPLA (1949-1955)
- 20 won stamp: Cap-badge of the KPA (1947-1957)
Date of Issue: April 20 Juche 108 (2019)
Stock No.: 5199B
Size: 75 x 60 mm, 28 x 38.5 mm (stamp)
Denomination: 30 won (10 won + 20 won)
Designer: Choe Kuk Chol
Quantity: 15.000 (Perf.), 1.000 (Imperf.)
Size: 162 x 114 mm
Designer: Choe Kuk Chol
The sheetlet is also available on FDC:
The new issue stamp leaflet for this issue:
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9 thoughts on “KSC5199B: Cap-badges of the Korean People’s Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army”
it’s the copy of china 1953 blue military stamp, which is one the rarest modern Chinese stamps.
You’re right, I didn’t know this but it is indeed quite a copy of the 1953 stamp:
(Picture from china.org.cn)
China is the largest market of North Korean stamps. KSC issued many China-related theme stamps in the past 20+ years, some of them are cooperated with Chinese stamp dealers. In recent years, KSC issued several sets of “Pyongyang edition” of rare Chinese stamps. And this one is the most recent, only Chinese blue military stamp has the large sheet but another North Korean red one doesn’t have large sheet.
We can sometime see the political condition of a country by looking at the stamps. After the WWII (1945 to 1948), Russia became Civil Administrator of North Korea. Also, Russia provided economic and military support to North Korea up until dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1989 (the period of Russian influence in North Korea). The new Russian government under Boris Yeltsin cut off support to North and tried to normalize relationship with South Korea. Many early North Korea stamps resemble of Russian stamps. When support from Russia stopped (1989 to present), China fulfilled the role of being a big brother that provided economic and military support (period of Chinese influence in North Korea). We can see that from many modern North Korea stamps.
The 2013 Monkey stamp is another good example of “Pyongyang edition” of rare Chinese stamps. This 2013 money stamp was again printed in a sheetlet of 2 stamps, however, only the one resembled Chinese 1980 monkey stamp, which was the first lunar Chinese new year stamp in China and became very expensive now, was also issued in large sheet.
Does anyone have the complete stamp sheet for the 10 won monkey stamp (KSC number 4865A)?
Also, what other DPRK stamps have been issued in recent years in a large(r) complete stamp sheet which are however not listed in the (online or printed) DPRK catalogues?
Yi-Fu sent this screen shot showing prices asked in China for the complete sheet:
To give an idea: 550 yuan is 70 EUR / 80 USD. The complete sheet is 90 (DPRK) won, which is approx. 0,87 EUR / 0,99 USD.
I need to correct the information: the selling price (exchange rate) of DPRK stamps is 100won = 1USD.
This exchange rate is only specific to stamps and does not reflect the actual exchange rate between North Korean won and foreign currencies including US dollars.
So you can tell the face value of small sheet is 30won, selling price is 0.3 USD.
The face value of the large sheet is 10won x 90 stamps = 900 won = 9USD
However, all the large sheets were given to a stamp dealer and he had the right to decide how much money to sell them.
I have been told by KSC the imperforated FDC (Fi5199B) is not available until November.