The 1951 provisional inflationary surcharge issues of Korea (1961): Part 3

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(Part 3 of 4) 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.

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Second Printing – August 1951

The second printing of the provisional stamps was typographed in dark blue or orange brown by the Tongyang Chungpan Printing Co. and released, probably during August, or possibly in September 1951. (Does anyone have stamps on or off cover with dated cancellations that might establish the first day of use?) This printing comprises 3 stamps of two denominations: 100 won dark blue on 4 won rose carmine (No. 191a) and 300 won in vertical orange brown numerals on 10 won blue green (No. 192a) and 50 won violet blue (No. 193a).

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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.

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