Normally mint stamps are worth more than used stamps. One notable exception to this philatelic rule is the often faked cancellations of Korea’s first two stamps issued in 1884, the 5 and 10 mun values. As these two stamps were used for just a few days because of a riot/revolution that burned down the Korean Post Office, genuinely used copies are extremely rare and valuable. This article discusses two typical faked cancellations.
The loose 10 mun shows a coin or token strike. It was a privately applied non-postal mark as a fake cancel and has no value. This fake cancel has been already treated in KP and is shown in Dr. Kerr’s Empire book.