Is this a good chance to add these dream items to your collection?

Old Korea

In the world of stamp collecting, the interest in historical stamps is clear, particularly those from Korea that date back to 1884. This article looks at Korea’s first issued 5 and 10 mun stamps, highlighting the controversies and questions over the authenticity of cancellations on these stamps by describing a few items from recent auctions.

In recent auctions of two auction companies, Cherrystone and Christoph Gärtner, these two items showed up, with the accompanying descriptions:

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Dr. Joel Lee
Born in Korea, Vietnam war participation as ROK marine, Dr. of Ministry, Retired Presbyterian Pastor. 40 years collected for Korea stamps 1884-1905.

3 thoughts on “Is this a good chance to add these dream items to your collection?

  1. These two examples are definitely fakes. Anyway this article seems to be derivated from a painstaking work which
    is well summarized and skillfully formulated based on the comparative analysis with references to the old literature
    of Jae-Seung KIM. I hope other collectors will be never misled after reading this article carefully.

  2. I think this article itself should also be clearly mentioned “AS IS”, since as a reader I cannot see any persuasive evidence in this article.
    I feel very confused at the first point of Fig. 2: (1) it is quite different with Chinese character “Kyung (京)” ……. comparing with genuine”. But in Fig. 3-5, saying examples from Kim Jae-Seung’s book, all examples were with Chinese character “In (仁)” , so we readers still don’t know how the so-called genuine 京 look like…..

  3. Mr. Kims book is the only more recent authoritative reference book for western readers (english language only).
    It includes reprints of many original sources never before available outside Korean or Japanese literature on the subject.
    Kims book was published in 1998 and is now very difficult to find.

    Note that the 1884 type postmark analysis in the book is more extensive than the excerpts shown here by Dr. Lee.

    Just saw that a copy is available right now at a renowned bookseller. That is a scarce opportunity:

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