The “phantom 20” USMG variety


Once again, as John E. Strout’s article from KP Vol. XIII No. 2 (May 1964) demonstrates, we have ample evidence that the philately of Korea is full of pleasant surprises. Insofar as this writer has been able to determine the variety which he describes has never before been brought to the light of day in the philatelic press, and thus we have another example of an original discovery just brought to light, nearly two decades after the issue of the USMG surcharged stamps.

This is , indeed, a very significant variety, and worthy of our closer attention. In his article on the Essay and Specimen Varieties of the U.S.M.G. Surcharges in the November 1963 issue of KP, the writer illustrated both of the stamps which are again reproduced as Fig. 1, and Fig. 2 below.

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The b/w images are from the original 1964 KP article. The colour images are from a recent Ebay sale by Ebay seller “sherwoodseal“. A much longer article by David Phillips on the overprints was published in KP Vol. XII No. 4 (November 1963).


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