The Korea 1971 Christmas and New Year/TB seals


In 1971 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) again changed its format for issuing TB seals by issuing two completely different types of designs and sheets. The first design is grape vines with grapes with two vertical seals to make a complete image. The pair was printed alternatively, so that the image varied every other pair. The second design is an image of a pond with birds and flora with 25 seals making up the complete scene. Both designs were printed in sheets of 50 seals and 100 seals. The 1971 seals were printed by lithograph on un-watermarked white paper and the sheets were sold as perforated 12 ½.

Fig 1. A block of 10 seals of the Korea 1971 Christmas and New Year/TB seals, KPSC CS73-CS74 containing 30 KPSC CS53-CS62 seals and 20 KPSC CS63- CS2 seals.
Fig 2. A complete sheet of 50 seals of the Korea 1971 Christmas and New Year/TB seals, KPSC CS75-CS99 which contains 2 sets of KPSC CS75-CS66 seals. This sheet is an example of Plate “A” with blue/red horizontal lined on both the top left and right margins, and two red vertical lines in the top margin over the 1st and 5th seals in the top row.

The Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) gives the numbers for the 1971 grape type pair as KPSC CS73-74. The catalog value each of each pair is 3,000 won ($2.25). The set of 25 birds and flora seals is given the catalogue numbers of CS75-CS99, and the value is 40,000 won ($29.75.) In 1971, the Korea National Tuberculosis Association produced 16,830,000 of both designs, for a total of 33,660,000 seals, and achieved another record year. The price of a seal was again 10 won each, or 20 won for a pair of the grapes seals, KPSC CS73-CS74, and 250 won for a set of the 25 of the birds and flora seals. The number of seals sold was 30,091,937. This number of seal sold again broke the 1970 previous year’s record number of seals sold by the KNTA; and with the seals priced at 10 won each, this was easily another record year for revenue from sale of the seals to help fund the fight against TB. The 1971 seals were not sold in a booklet format.

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