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

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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 interest in this provisional issue, reflected by fluctuating catalogue prices of individual stamps becoming more or less available, has resulted in the gradual realization by many Korean stamps collectors during the past ten years that differences in these overprints were not minor flyspeck varieties, but were separate printings.

The issue was produced under extreme wartime conditions from several different printing plates by two processes. Lithographed surcharges were printed until midsummer 1951 by the Pusan Sangmidang Offset Printing Co. Then, the remaining printing of these surcharges was moved to the Tongyang Chungpan Printing Co. These stamps were printed by the typographic method. Today, these surcharge issues are one of the few sources of modern-day rarities – unintentionally produced inverted and doubled surcharges on stamps – that are still available to the collector of modest means.

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Korean Philately Vol. X No. 3 (August 1961)
The KSS magazine Korean Philately contained many interesting and highly detailed articles in the past. One of these articles is republished here in four parts. The text has been slightly edited for online use, but 98% is identical to the original. The graphics are from Robert Finder’s collection and give a general idea on these stamps (without going into the minefield of identifying all possible variations). The original (scanned) KP from which this article came can be downloaded for free by KSS members from the KSS website. If you are not a member yet you can join for free and get all the benefits of KSS membership.

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

  1. This a great series of articles which I need to study in detail. They should be very useful to the South Korean collectors of issues from this era. Someday I hope to look through all the different ones I have and actually determine which varieties that I have in my collection.

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