The Korea 1972 Christmas and New Year/TB seals


In 1972 the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA) went back to a more simplified program with a design of a block of seals with four different images. The top two seals of the block depict a stylized rural scene, with the bottom pair depicting a stylized scene of a cow sleeping near a road with flowers and water. The seals were printed only in sheets of 100 seals, although a souvenir sheet and a postcard was also issued. The 1972 seals were printed by lithograph on un-watermarked white paper and the sheets were sold as perforated 12 ½.

The Korean Postage Stamp Catalogue (KPSC) gives the numbers for the 1972 seals, KPSC CS100-CS103. The catalog values a block of 4 seals at 4,000 won ($3.00). In 1972, the Korea National Tuberculosis Association again produced a record number of seals, 39,820,000. The price of a seal was 10 won each or 40 won for a block of CS100-CS103. The number of seals sold was 36,929,633. This year of 1972 was the fourth consecutive year where the number of seals sold broke the previous year’s record number of seals sold by the KNTA; and with the seals priced at 10 won each, this was also the fourth consecutive record year for revenue from sales of the seals to help fund the fight against TB. The 1972 seals were not sold in a booklet format.

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2 thoughts on “The Korea 1972 Christmas and New Year/TB seals

  1. I am not a collector of seals. But this article is really throughgoing.
    I remember that we were forced to buy those seals at school
    when I was 4th grade student of the elementary school.
    What a nostalgy…..
    And the souvenir sheet of 16 stamps are quite rare now as I heard.
    Very interesting and so much impressed by Mr. Finder’s effort and

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