Reader’s Question: Information needed about overprints on 1946 stamps

[Editor] I have received a request for more information about the following figure. What we know is that they have first day cancels, but for other stamps. They were apparently cancelled for the opening of the national assembly. Please let us know what more you might know about these stamps. Thanks. 

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2002 Edition of North Korean Stamp Catalogue

After ten years since the first edition of this full color(!) catalogue of North Korean stamps, the third edition was published by the Korea Stamp Corporation, Pyongyang, in 2003. Chronologically, the first edition was published early in 1993, containing up to #3277, the winners of 25th Olympic Games, issued December, 1992, and consisted of the […]

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Korean Passport Stamps in U.S. Dollars in Passport

Hasegawa’s new revenue catalogue does not include those stamps issued in the U.S. in U.S. dollars. Figures 1 and 2 illustrate two such stamps, denominated $10, and contained in my own passport that has now expired and has been cancelled. The stamps were used to verify payment of visa fees. One has a serial number, […]

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South Korean Revenue Stamps Issued Under U.S. Military Rule: On Document

I have found the collecting of Korean revenue stamps to be very challenging. Revenue stamps have not been much valued in South Korea, itself, and, until the publication of Stephen Hasegawa’s The Standard Catalogue of Korean Revenue Stamps in 2005, there was not a good resource for identifying Korean revenue stamps. (Hasegawa’s catalogue will be […]

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Focus on Forgeries – Korea 1963 20-won Meesun Blossoms

In 1967, Seoul police broke up a large counterfeiting ring that included post office officials. The group had forged 20-won, 40w, 50w and 100w definitives, sold by clerks who received a commission on their sales. Forgeries amounted to about 10 percent of sales for several months at some post offices. As with most postal forgeries, […]

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Korean Cover to President Roosevelt

What can be said about this cover (Figure 1) addressed to President [Theodore] Roosevelt? The cover has a return address of “Pyeng Yang, Korea, Japan,” which is interesting. The cover is addressed simply to “President Roosevelt, Washington, USA.” The front of the cover contains a strip of five Japanese stamps with three faint circular cancels […]

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