New Issues - Asia

Edited Extract from:
LINN's Stamp News, January 6, 2003, edition.

By Denise McCarty

North Korea

NORTH KOREA-July 5, 2002: Promulgation of the Decision of the Cabinet on the Enforcement of Universal Free Medical Care 50th Anniversary, 10 chon, old man and child, hospital, medical vehicles on road, helicopter. Designer, Ha Kyong Guk; offset in sheets of 18, printer not reported; 10,000 perf; 500 imperf.

July 29, 2002: Promulgation of the Socialist Constitution of North Korea 30th Anniversary, 10 chon, soldiers, woman, building, tower. Designer, Kim Myong Sik; offset in sheets of 30, printer not reported; 10,000 perf; 500 imperf.

Sept. 20: Day of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent, souvenir sheet with six se-tenant stamps with three different designs, 3ch, meeting of families and relations torn apart from North and South Korea; 12ch, volunteers administering first aid; 1.50w, humanitarian materials assistance to victims of 1984 flood in South Korea, border shows disaster scene and two images of Princess Diana; souvenir sheet with 80ch stamp, hands, people, representing help for people with AIDS, border shows Henri Dunant, map, Red Cross vehicles; 2.75w stamp booklet, contents not reported. Designer, Jon Kum Hui; 30,000 perf sets; 2,000 imperf sets; 2,000 booklets with perf stamps; 500 with imperforate stamps and 500 without a cover.

Oct. 15: Kim Jong Il's Visit to Russian Far East, 70ch, meeting with President Putin in Vladivostok; souvenir sheet with 1.20w stamp, shaking hands with Putin, border shows map. Offset, printer not reported; 20,000 perf sets; 2,000 imperf sets.

Oct. 20: Dogs and Cats, 3ch, Siamese cat; 12ch, Phungsan dog; 1w, white cat; 1.50w, white-and-black cat; souvenir sheet with 1.50w stamp, cavalier King Charles spaniel; 2.95w booklet, contents not reported. Designer, Ha Kyong Guk; offset, printer not reported; 30,000 perf sets; 2,000 imperf sets; 2,000 booklets with perf stamps; 500 with imperforate stamps and 500 without a cover.

Oct. 25: Minerals, 3ch, pyrite; 12ch, magnetite; 1.30w, calcite; 1.50w, galena; 3.22w booklet, contents not reported. Designer, Kim Myong Sik; offset in sheets of 12, printer not reported; 30,000 perf sets; 2,000 imperf sets; 2,000 booklets with perf stamps; 500 with imperforate stamps and 500 without a cover. No listings.

South Korea

SOUTH KOREA--Dec. 2, 2002: New Year's Greeting, 190w, symbolic mother sheep and baby lamb, snowflakes, 1.8 million; souvenir sheet, contains the two stamps, 500,000. Designer, Eun-kyung Park; gravure in sheets of 20, Korea Minting & Security Printing.

Dec. 9: Registration of Korean Cultural Treasures as Parts of the World Heritage/Hwaseong Fortress, 190w, Gongsimidon observation tower; 280w, Banghwasuryu Pavilion; souvenir sheet, contains the two stamps. Designer, Sung-Am Kin; gravure in sheets of 10, Korea Minting & Security Printing; 1 million sets.

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