Title : Definitive Postage Stamp(2,000 won)
Stamp Serial#
2014 
KPC#
403 
MICHEL#
2042 
StanGib#
Not listed 
Scott#
2004 
Date of Issue
11/01/1999 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
2000 won 
Design
Gilt-bronze crown from Shinch'on-ni tombs, Naju 
Designer
Lee Gi-seog 
Image Area
23mm*33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10*5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a 2,000-won postage stamp to provide added convenience for the users of the special delivery postal system. The new stamp features the "Gilt-bronze crown" excavated from ancient tombs in Shinch'on-ni, Naju, which was designated National Treasure No. 295 in 1997.

This gilt-bronze crown, 25.5 cm in height, was recovered from the earthenware coffin-B of the Paekche tomb No. 9 in Shinch'on-ni, Naju-gun, Chollanam-do around 1917­1918 and presumed to date back to the fifth to sixth century A.D. Consisting of two parts, an inner and an outer crown, it was once worn by Paekche officials. Not only was this ornate crown the first to be discovered of all the gilt-bronze crowns from the Three-Kingdoms period, but it is the only one of the Paekche crowns found intact. It had been preserved in good condition and is extremely valuable in terms of both academic research and artistic expression.

Although it is similar to Shilla gold crowns in basic shape, this crown exquisitely decorated with grass-and-flower patterns quite unlike the design for the Shilla gold crown, which looks like the Chinese ideogram 'ch'ul(υσ)'. Since relics that are similar to the inner part of the crown have been found in Iksan, Chollabuk-do, and Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, this crown if an important artifact that sheds light on the cultural exchanges between Japan and Paekche.