The 1951 provisional inflationary surcharge issues of Korea (1961): Part 4

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(Part 4 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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Third Printing – Dec. 3, 1951

No. 196-204 (535-43, Sc 174/181) – The final printing of the provisional issue consists of 9 stamps, typographed in blue or brown by the Tongyang Chungpan Printing Co . and released on Dec. 3, 1951. The same printing plate was used to surcharge the 300 won slanted numerals on 8 stamps of the 1948-49 regular issue in: blue on 4 won rose carmine, Li Jun (No 196, Sc 174), brown on 10 won blue green, Cranes (No. 197, Sc 175), brown on 14 won deep blue, Observatory (No 198, Sc 176), blue on 15 won vermilion, Hibiscus (No. 199, Sc 177 ), blue on 20 won orange brown, Diamond Mountains (No 200, Sc unlisted), brown on 30 won blue green , Ginseng (No. 201, Sc 178), brown on 50 won violet blue, South Gate (No. 202, Sc 179), and blue on 100 .won dull yellow green, Pagoda (No. Sc 181 ). The plate was then changed by narrowing the spacing between the Tae Guk and numeral sk„ from 6½ to 3½ mm to accommodate the horizontal format of the ninth stamp, surcharged in brown on 65 won .deep blue, Map of Korea and Magpies (No. 203, Sc 180).

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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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