Incheon local revenue stamps

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I made a state-side trip in September, to Seattle, and since my return have been too busy and also have not had an opportunity to add much in the way of information on Korean revenues, until just the other day. A few days ago I was in Pusan, and obtained some of the Inchon City documentaries, which I have illustrated to the best of my ability, and although we were in Inchon just yesterday (3 Jan 64), most offices were closed and I was not able to add anything, as could not visit the Inchon City Hall, where these revenues are used, as in the case of family histories, etc. They are in the Hwan denominations.

The one date I have is on a pair of the 10 Hwan blue and shows almost the complete cancellation, the character for “in” in “Inchon” is not legible, although a trace shows, the “chun” and “si” the remainder of “Inchon City”, are legible. The stamps are very roughly done, lithographed, and the separations most crude. The rouletting is done with heavy black lines, and in some cases, seems to be incomplete, and the stamps were just simply torn apart. No visible watermark shows, and I have no gauge with which to measure them for.

Fig. 1: the revenue stamp as shown in the original article. Also the fonts used for the numbers (A and B).

I have made mention before, that the 20 Hwan (which currently is sold for 2 won) mask type, exists with plate numbers, of which I have several. Going back to the cancellation on the 10 Hwan blue it seems to have something to do with a clock time cancel and each hour sector is divided into three’s — presumably for 20 minute intervals — but there is no indication on the stamp showing an arrow or other indicator as to the hour and minute sector that this item was used.

Fig. 2: from the original article, examples of cancellations.
1.10 hwanLight blue(A) imperforate
10 hwanLight blue(B) Pin rouletting (No paper removed)
2.50 HwanOrange(B) black rouletting
50 HwanRed(B) black rouletting
50 HwanRed(B) Imperf.
3.100 HwanLight green(B) Imperf.
100 HwanLight green(B) Black Rouletting

Two Types of the 10 Hwan: see fig. 1 (to the right of the main stamp image in fig. 1). The 50 and 100 Hwan have type (B) numerals. All the denominations, with the exception of the 10 Hwan (B) are in thin lettering, both upper inscriptions and numerals. In 10 (B) the numerals and inscription are considerably “fatter”.

Fig. 3: two examples from the collection of Joe Ross. The 10 won stamp to the left is from the series described in Parkkinen’s article, the one from the right is probably from 1953 and therefore from an earlier series.

Regarding current revenues: apparently the old 10 and 20 Hwan types are still being issued and used for 1 and 2 won denominations. No new won types have appeared. I have noticed that the Korean Government also has a revenue or revenues for liquor, this seemed to be similar to U.S. types: long bands that cover the cork and extend down the neck of the bottle. Those plus medicines seem to be quite a field left to play around with and nobody seems to have any information on them.

Fig. 4: two values from the Incheon series showed up in an Ebay listing.
Incheon local revenue stamps
Matt Parkkinen was a KSS member with a keen interest in revenue stamps. Here is one of his articles, originally published in KP Vol. XIII No. 1 (February 1964), on such stamps, the local revenue stamps of Incheon. (At the time Incheon was written as Inchon.) Shortly after publication a new series of local revenue stamps with new won values was produced for Incheon (showing city hall), in use until 1976, after which the KOMSCO produced revenue stamps (two series) were used until approx. 2016.

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