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TO: F.L. Korean (my pen-name),
     Monday, November 26, 2007.

A few years ago, I received a bundle of North Korean stamps from relatives. I am not an expert on stamps, but I have tried to find out if these stamps carry any value, other than the emotional value. Unfortunately, my searching didn't provide me with any answers. I've flipped through many books and have scoured the internet, but all to no avail. As luck would have it, I stumbled upon your page a little while ago, where I found this e-mail address. I hope you don't mind me asking this of you, but as experts on the matter, could you help me determine the value of my stamps? I have attached the pictures to this e-mail in .zip format. Windows XP and/or Windows Vista should have no problem opening it. There is one thing I would like to mention. If you were to carefully examine photo B, you would find that the date on the stamp and the rubber stamp itself do not match. On the stamp there's the year 1948, but the rubber stamp seems to be from 1946. I found this rather peculiar. I really do hope you can help me.

With kindest regards,


       2007-NKSC                  2008-Scott-CD            2008-Scott-Reprint-rmk

Click for big                    Click for big               


I received the following stamp images:

Sheet-A    Sheet-Big A

NKSC# 5=   Sc# 11=


Sheet-B    Sheet-Big B
Sheet-B1  Sheet-Big B1
Brown asks:
There is still one question we've been wondering about. If you were to carefully examine photo B, you would find that the date on the stamp and the rubber stamp (CTO) itself do not match. On the stamp there's the year 1948, but the rubber stamp (CTO) seems to be from 1946! Do you happen to have any ideas as to why this could be?



F.L. Korean answers:
The North Korean stamp production has never been accused of perfection. I can imagine a rice farmer, who has been drinking mokoli (rice wine), being assigned to cancel stacks of reprinted Sheet-C stamps, and continuing with the same CTO stamp on the next stack of reprints, Sheet-B.

NKSC# 8=   Sc# 14-15=


Sheet-C    Sheet-Big C
Sheet-C1  Sheet-Big C1

NKSC# 2=   Sc# 1-5=


Sheet-D    Sheet-Big D
Sheet-D1  Sheet-Big D1

NKSC# 11=   Sc# 17-18=


Sheet-F    Sheet-Big F
Sheet-F1  Sheet-Big F1

NKSC# 15=   Sc# 26-27=


Sheet-E    Sheet-Big E
Sheet-E1  Sheet-Big E1    =NKSC# 20

Sheet-G    Sheet-Big G
Sheet-G1  Sheet-Big G1    =NKSC# 21

Sheet-H
Sheet-H1  Sheet-Big H1    =NKSC# 22

NKSC# 20_22=   Sc# 36-41=


Sheet-I    Sheet-Big I

Sheet-J  Sheet-Big J
Sheet-J1  Sheet-Big J1

NKSC# 12=   Sc# 21_25=


OPINIONS:


Dr. Taizo Maeda's letter, received Jan. 5, 2008.

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