KSC5249-5250: Brass Instruments

New Releases DPRK

(News from 조선우표사 / Korea Stamp Corporation) On 23 May 2020 the Korea Stamp Corporation issued a stamp series showing brass instruments. The series is also available in a minisheet of 2×4 stamps, effectively creating several possible combinations of stamps on cover (both horizontal and vertical).

The text released by the KSC states that “Brass instruments have been widely used in playing solemn, stirring and lilting instrumental music including brass band, orchestra and light music. They are also used in solo.


The stamps designs are:

  • 30 won stamp: Trumpet
  • 30 won stamp: Trombone


The accompanying FDC for the series:

FDC Fp5249-5250


The stamps are available as a minisheet of 2×4 stamps:

Minisheet for series KSC5249-5250. From new issue leaflet, low resolution image.

Technical details

1. Stamp
Date of Issue: April 15 Juche 109 (2020)
Stock No.: 5243
Size: 59.5 x 31.5 mm
Denomination: 30 won
Designer: Kim Hae Yong, Kang Chol U
Printing: Offset
Sheet Composition: 4 x 5
Quantity: 10 000 (Perf.), 1 000 (Imperf.)
2. Souvenir sheet
Stock No.: 5244
Size: 95 x 55 mm, 52 x 34 mm (stamp)
Denomination: 70 won
Designer: Kim Hae Yong, Kang Chol U
Printing: Offset
Quantity: 10 000 (Perf.), 1 000 (Imperf.)
3. FDC
Size: 162 x 114 mm
Designer: Kim Hae Yong, Kang Chol U
Quantity: 2/500

Stamp leaflet

The new issue stamp leaflet for this issue was also released:

New issue leaflet (front) for KSC5249-5250
New issue leaflet (back) for KSC5249-5250

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2 thoughts on “KSC5249-5250: Brass Instruments

  1. Funny question really, I had not thought to read it so far. But the Korean texts 트럼베트 and 트롬본 in white letters next to the words Trumpet and Trombone are resp. the exact same two words, in Korean.

    The texts above the score in each stamp are:

    Trumpet: “너를 보며 생각하네” meaning “I am thinking while watching you”; this doesn’t imply “thinking about you”, just thinking whatever while watching you.

    Trombone: “장군님생각” meaning “thinking about the general”, where “general” refers to one of the ruling Kim’s but I always forget which one is which in DPRK nomenklatura.

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