South-Korea 1st Won-periode (1946-1952)

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  1. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    With the end of World War II,forty years of Japan´s rule over Korea ended.
    The north was occupied by Russia,who established a communist regime: North-Korea.
    The south was ruled by an US-American military government,what lead to the establishment of the Republic of Korea (South-Korea) in 1948.
    The early years of South Korea were a rather chaotic time.It went from chaotic to catastrophic with the start of the Korean War on June 25th,1950.When the war came to an end in July 1953,nearly all of South Korea layed in ruins.
    The stamps of that time are often of a rather primitive make,but they have a certain charm,at least to me.
    I do not have all stamps of that periode,some mostly expensive ones are missing,but I will show,what I can.
    Korea 1.jpg
    Japanese stamps,overprinted in Won currency (1 Won = 100 Cheun),
    issued Feb.1st,1946.
    Five more un-issued values exist.
     
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  2. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 2F.jpg
    Overprint errors.
    Apart from the shown,two more exist: 10 Ch. on 8 Sen and 20 Ch. on 27 Sen.
    The printing quantities are small: from 100 for 5 Ch. on 40 Sen to 300 for
    30 Ch. on 6 Sen.
     
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  3. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 7.jpg
    Liberation from japanese rule,issued May 1st,1946
     
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  4. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 13.jpg
    upper stamp: first anniversary of liberation from japanese rule,
    issuedAug.15th,1946.
    lower stamp: resumption of postal services to the USA,issued Sept.9th,1946.
     
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  5. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 15.jpg
    Definitives,rouletted;
    issued Sept.10th 5 W.,10 W./Oct 5th 50 Ch.,2 W./Nov.10th 1946 1 W.;
     
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  6. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 16.jpg
    Three values of the above defintives were also issued perforated 11.
    While the 1 Won is about equal to the rouletted version,the 2 and the 5 Won
    are rather expensive. 2 Won about 40 x and the 5 Won 6 x more than the rouletted stamps.
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 20.jpg
    500th anniversary of the Korean Alphabet,issued Oct.9th,1946.
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 21.jpg
    definitives,issued Aug.1st,1947
    5 W. Li Jun (1823-1907),10 W. Admiral Yi Sun-sin (1548-1598)
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 23.jpg
    Resumption of worldwide mail services.
    issued Aug.1st,1947;
     
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  10. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 24.jpg

    air-mails: 50 W. issued Oct.1st,1947,others June 7th,1949;
    Issued for the inauguration of air-mail services (50 Won),
    same to the US (150 Won).
    The printing in green was the result of an official error.It was
    decided to issue stamps of both colours at the same time.
     
  11. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 25F.jpg
    A significant plate-damage,all major catologues list: "KORFA",
    here in pair with a normal stamp.
    The "KORFA" error occurs on position 34 of pains of 50.
    As the printing quantity of 4 Millions was arather high one for this periode,
    about 80.000 error stamps could exist.However I do not know,wether the error
    occured throughout the whole printing.
     
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  12. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 27.jpg
    definitives,issued April 10th,1948
     
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    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 29.jpg
    National Elections,issued May 10th,1948.
     
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  14. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 34.jpg
    London Olympics,issued June 1st,1948
     
  15. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 36.jpg
    Meeting of the first National Assembly,issued July 1st,1948.
    There are two types of this stamp:
    with point after 5 of 1948.5.31,upper stamp
    no point afte 5,lower stamp
    Korea 36F.jpg
    no point enlarged
     
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  16. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 37.jpg
    New Constitution,issued Aug.1st,1948.
     
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  17. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    The Korean postal authority should have won a prize for having the world's worst perforations!

    Don
     
  18. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Don,I guess there were more pressing problems in South-Korea at the time,
    than nicely perforated postage-stamps ! To me the perfs are part of the
    charm of these issues.
    Korea 39K.jpg
    The above image I took from KPC Korean Postage Stamps Catalogue.
    (The original looks a lot better than my scan !)
    It was issued for the inauguration of the first president Syngman Rhee (1875-1965) on Aug.5th,1948.
    Unfortunately I do not own this rather pricey stamp.
     
  19. DonSellos

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    Well, at least, one doesn't need to worry about short or pulled perfs on these stamps.:)

    Don
     
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  20. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Korea 40.jpg
    Establishment of the Republic of Korea,ending US military rule,issued Aug.15th,1948.

    Korea 41A.jpg
    The 5 Won value exists in two types:
    left stamp: type II,faint appearance of the small characters and numbers,
    namely 1948 8.15. There are many other small differences to the
    right stamp: type I,normal stamp,from an obviously revised stone (lithography).
    The type II stamp is the rarest commemorative of South-Korea.
     
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