Old Korea's/Chosan
1884 Stamp Issuance Schedule

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This Issuance Schedule utilizes stamp pages from Korea's Postal Museum Web Site.

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STAMP NO./s DATE
ISSUED
TOPIC DESCRIPTION STAMPS
ISSUED
REMARKS
1 11.18.
1884
5 Moon stamp 1  
2 11.18.
1884
10 Moon stamp 1  
U1 Minted
1884
25 Moon stamp
Un-issued
1  
U2 Minted
1884
50 Moon stamp
Un-issued
1  
U3 Minted
1884
100 Moon stamp
Un-issued
1  

Extracted from Philatelic-I; Jim Kerr's "Old Korea":

On March 27, 1884, Hong Yong Sik (some say his father had this role) was made Postmaster General, and he proceeded to order a set of 5 stamps from Japan, and to establish a postal system centered at Seoul, with branches at Pusan, Inchon, and Wonsan. Stamps #1 and 2 became available late in November 1884, and are known cancelled before December 4, 1884, the official opening date of the system. Unfortunately, Hong, who by that time was prime minister, was murdered that day (or perhaps December 6), and the central P0 was sacked and burned, with rioting of Koreans and Chinese against Japanese influence continuing through December 7.
            Picture of Hong Yong-sik       Picture of First Postal Flag

Picture of Rebuilt First P.O.

One US officer on the scene reported “many sheets” of #1 and 2 “thrown into the streets.” Hong’s home was used as execution hall by the winning (conservative) faction, and later was given to H. N. Allen for a hospital. Thus #3-5, which were not yet in Korea, were never regularly placed in use except in later customs, shipping, and tax roles.

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