Old Korea's/Chosan
1895 Stamp Issuance Schedule

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STAMP NO./s DATE
ISSUED
TOPIC DESCRIPTION STAMPS
ISSUED
REMARKS
3 07.22
1895
5 Poon stamp 1  
4 07.22.
1895
10 Poon stamp 1  
5 07.22
1895
25 Poon stamp 1  
6 07.22
1895
50 Poon stamp 1  

Extracted from Korean Kingdom and Empire Philatelic Catalog and Handbook; by Dr. James W. Kerr:

Notes: (1)   Printed in U.S., on order of Korean ambassador, shipped imperforated to Korea, thence to Japan for perforation.

Printings: Two, lithographed.
Notes; (4)   Full panes are known of all of 2nd printing, and large multples of 1st printing.
Notes; (5)   The second printing shows many examples of very heavy inking, especially on the 25 poon.
Notes; (7)   Earliest report of 1st printing: 25 July 1895.
Notes; (8)   Earliest report of 2nd printing use is 1 August 1897, though some authorities claim issue in 1896.
Notes; (14)   Printer (Andrew B. Grahm, Banknotes, Bonds, etc., Washington, D.C.) went bankrupt in the 1920's. Federal Archives show no record of negotiations for this Korea job.

All major stamp catalogues of the world, list and assign separate catalogue #'s to the stamps of the two different printings.



Differences between 1st printing stamps and later printing stamps

Extracted from, "Stanley Gibbons, Stamp Catalogue, Part 18":

5 poon:   The first printing is always distinguished by the distinct dot it the frame line above the center of the scroll work above the value panel. The shade is different in later printings.

10 poon:   The dot described above also applies to the first printing and is absent from later printings but sometimes thickening of the frame line may appear like a dot. Most copies of the first printing also show a small dot in the "E" (in KOREA) or else a break in the bottom Korean character in the right hand panel and these are not present in later printings. The shade differences are not very helpful.

25 poon:   Again the dot in the frame line also distinguishes the first printing and in addition most copies also have a distinct coloured line in the right-hand frame lines by the upper corner ornament. The shades are also distinctive.

50 poon:   The first printing is always distinguished by the absence of a stop after 50". This was added in later printings and varies in size from stamp to stamp. The shade is unchanged except that an additional deeper shade occurred in later printings.

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