More Unusual Bidding on eBay for Korean Empire Period Stamps


Recently there was a very unusual amount of bidding on group of Korean Empire stamps on eBay that had around nine different bidders with the winning bid at $1200. This set of stamps was brought to the attention of the Korea Stamp Society (KSS) by a reader of the website with three days left in the bidding, when the highest bid at that time was $700. The reader asked “why was the price so high?

That was a very good question as various members of the KSS looked at the stamps and it appeared very quickly that to them a number of the stamps were obvious fakes, almost all of the Korea second issues appeared to be fake with only two of 5 poon looking to be genuine, the 5 poon used with double circle cancellation and the unused 1st print unused 5 poon. All the Plum Blossom stamps appear to be genuine. But even these genuine stamps are very common. It was then thought that maybe the 3 ch orange had a special cancel that was causing the bidding.

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KSS Korea Philately Editor
One of the earliest positions of the KSS. The position of editor of KP is, and has always been, the mainstay of the KSS.

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