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1 won = 100 cheun = 100 moun = 1000 rin = 500 poon

Website on Korean stamps: http://www.pennfamily.org/KSS-USA/fast-index.html

1884 Ying and Yang sign

10 m blue 25 m orange

  5 m red
  10 m blue
  25 m orange
  50 m green
  100 m blue and red

Because of political problems, used stamps are quite rare.

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery! Produced by Kamigata in Tokyo I've been told. Forgery! Produced by Kamigata in Tokyo I've been told.

These forgeries can be distinguished right away, this circular cancel with rings was never used in Korea!

Other forgeries:

1895 Ying and Yang sign, with inscription 'KOREA'

5 p green

  5 p green
  10 p blue
  25 p red
  50 p p violet

Surcharged (1900) with value and korean (left) and chineses (right) signs
  '1' on 5 p green
  '1' on 25 p red

Surcharged with value (in korean characters)

'1' (in corean) on 25 p red, type 1 '1' (in corean) on 25 p red, type 2, upper bar higher

  1 c on 25 p red (2 types)
  2 c on 25 p red (2 types)
  3 c on 25 p red (error)
  3 c on 50 p violet (2 types)

1900 Overprinted with chinese sign (Empire of Korea) in red
  5 p green
  10 p blue
  25 p red
  50 p violet

Forgery, note the bad quality of the letters:

I have seen this same forgery (50 p) with the black 3 c overprint and also the 25 p with no overprint.

I've been told that the next stamp is also a forgery, I have no further information:

1900 Inscription 'IMPERIAL KOREAN POST'

2 r grey 4 c red

  2 r grey
  1 c green
  2 c blue
  2 c blue (other design)
  3 c red
  4 c red
  5 c red
  6 c blue
  10 c violet
  15 c grey
  20 c brown
  50 c olive and red
  1 w grey red and blue
  2 w violet and green

1902 40 years reign of the emperor

3 c orange

  3 c orange

A forgery of this stamp is described in 'Focus on Forgeries' by Varro E. Tyler. This forgery has the inscription 'XI. ANN' instead of 'XL. ANN' (the 'L' is replaced by a 'I'). I have no picture of this forgery.

1903 Falcon, inscription 'POSTES IMPERIALES DE COREE'


(Reduced size)

  2 r grey
  1 c brown
  3 c green
  3 c orange
  4 c red
  5 c brown
  6 c violet
  10 c blue
  15 c brown on yellow
  20 c brown on yellow
  50 c red on green
  1 w violet on grey
  2 w violet on orange

Japanese Offices in Korea

1900 Stamps of Japan surcharged with the word 'KOREA' in chinese characters


(Reduced size)

  5 r grey (overprint in red)
  1 s brown (overprint in red)
  1 1/2 s blue
  2 s green (overprint in red)
  3 s red
  3 s red (marriage)
  4 s red
  5 s orange (overprint in red)
  8 s olive (overprint in red)
  10 s blue
  15 s violet
  20 s red
  25 s green (overprint in red)
  50 s brown
  1 y red

Don't confuse these stamps with the stamps of the Japanese offices in China.

From 1901 on the stamps of Japan were used without any overprint, until 1945.

stamp used in Korea
(Stamp of Japan, used in Korea)



Japanese Offices in China

1900 Stamps of Japan of 1899 overprinted with chinese characters in red or black

20 s red

  5 r grey 
  1/2 s grey
  1 s brown
  1 1/2 s blue
  1 1/2 s violet
  2 s green 
  3 s red
  3 s brown
  3 s red (marriage)
  4 s red
  5 s orange
  6 s brown
  8 s olive 
  10 s blue
  15 s violet
  20 s red
  25 s green 
  50 s brown
  1 y red
  5 y green (man)
  10 y black (man)

1913 Stamps of Japan of 1913 overprinted with chinese characters

1 s orange 8 s grey 20 s lilac

  1/2 s brown
  1 s orange
  1 1/2 s blue
  2 s green
  3 s red
  4 s red
  5 s violet
  6 s brown (1920)
  8 s grey (1920)
  10 s blue
  20 s lilac
  25 s green
  30 s brown (1920)
  50 s brown (1920)
  1 y green and lilac

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