Title : The 250th Birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Stamp Serial#
1995 
KPC#
C-1518A 
MICHEL#
2023 
StanGib#
MS2333 
Scott#
1965 
Date of Issue
08/12/1999 
Quantity
500,000 
Denomination
480 won  
Design
Portrait of Goethe 
Designer
Lee, Hye-ock 
Image Area
22mm*32mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The prodigious, world renowned auther Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was born exactly 250 years ago. Among Goethe's numerous great works are, Leiden des Jungen Werthers, Wilhelm Meister, Iphigenie, and Faust, written over a span of almost 60 years.

Goethe was not only an extremely accomplished writer, but also a natural scientist and politician, setting an example as a "whole" man who was both versatile and of fine intellect. Throughout much of his life, Goethe remained at the forefront of German Classicism, and became a prominent figure in the world's history of great minds.

The Republic of Korea and the Federal Republic of Germany have jointly issued postage stamps commemorating the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth. Separate designs based on the portrait of Goethe by Joseph Karl Stieler were created in both Korea and Germany.

On Korea's souvenir sheet, a scene from Faust in which Mephisto and Dr. Faust are conversing with each other is also depicted on the stamp. In addition, the final couplet of Faust, "Das Ewig-Weibliche zieht uns hinan" (Eternal womanhead leads us on high), appears in the background of the sheet. At 480 won, the price of this sheet was set at the same cost as that of air mail for a standard letter between Korea and Germany.

Issuing this stamp jointly with Germany will help develop Korea's philatelic culture and facilitate cultural exchange between Korea and Germany.