Third recorded strike of the JŌSHIN/COREA roman-letter cancel of the Imperial Japanese Post

Old Korea

A “newly discovered” strike of the ‘JŌSHIN/COREA’ roman-letter circular datestamp (cds) was sold at the November 2023 by Japan Stamp Auctions, Co. (Public Auction No. 129; Lot 2189).

JOSHIN (城津) is the Japanese name of Sŏngjin, which is known today as Kimch’aek in North Korea. This type of cds, approximately 25 mm in diameter with “COREA” at the bottom and a vertical bar in the lower crescent, was used from 1908 to 1911. Its use was previously recorded at Seoul, Chemulpo, Gensan and Chyungjin.

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Kenji Nakano
Collecting postal markings in Korea, especially those at Japanese offices in 1876-1945. Residing in New York.

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