New Issues - Asia

Edited Extract from:
LINN's Stamp News, March 10, 2003, edition.

By Denise McCarty

North Korea

NORTH KOREA-July 20, 2002: Kim Jong Suk 80th Birth Anniversary, souvenir sheet with four stamps, 10 chon, the heroine in the struggle against Japan as a child; 40ch, in her days in the Children's Vanguards; 1 won, in the days of the anti-Japanese armed struggle; $1.50, in the days of building a new country. Designer, Jon Kum Hui; offset, Korea Stamp Corp,; 10,000 perf; 500 imperf.

Oct. 25: Meeting Between Kim Jong Il and Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro, souvenir sheet with 1.20w stamp, the two leaders signing North Korea-Japan Pyongyang Declaration; souvenir sheet with 1.50w stamp, the two leaders. Designer, Kong Kyong Su; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 20,000 perf sets; 2,000 imperf sets.

Nov. 20: Definitives, 1w, President Kim Il Sung's birthplace; 3w, Kim Jong II's birthplace on Mount Paektu; 5w, Kim Jong Suk's birthplace at Hoeryong; 10w, kimilsungia flower; 12w, torchlight of the Tower of Juche Idea; 20s, flag; 30w, kimjongilia flower; 40w, magnolia blossom; 50w, national emblem; 70w, Chollima statue; 100w, monument to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War; 200w, monument to party founding. Designers, Kim Hae Yong; Kim Chol Ung, Ha Kyong Guk, Jon Kum Hui, An Chol, Kim Myong Sik, O Sol Rim, Kong Kyong Su; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 30,000 perf sets; 1,000 imperf sets.

Jan. 1, 2003: New Year, 3w, Korean people under leadership of Kim Jong II. Designer, An Chol; offset, Korea Stamp Corp; 80,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

Jan. 1: Antelopes Defeat Bald Eagle Fairy Tale, 3w, bald eagles abduct young antelope; 50w, antelopes join together to defeat eagles; 70w, eagles eat fish poisoned by antelopes; 100w, mother reunited with young antelope; souvenir sheet with 150w stamp, antelopes living in harmony; 461w stamp booklet, contents not reported. Designer, An Chol; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 80,000 perf stamps; 7,000 imperf sets; 2,000 perf booklets; 500 imperf booklets.

Jan. 20: Korean Folk Festivals, 3w, greeting the full moon, Jan. 15; 12w, dance of greeting the full moon; 40w, swinging, Surinal; 70w, Hangawi, festival to the memory of the anti-Japanese revolutionary martyr; 140w, Hangawi peasant dance; souvenir sheet with 112w stamp, wrestling, Surinal. Designer, Kim Hae Yong; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 20,000 perf sets; 500 imperf sets.

Feb. 16: Kim Jong Il Birth Anniversary, 3w, Ode Monument (10th anniversary); souvenir sheet with 75w, sunrise over Mount Paektu. Designer, Kim Myong Sik; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 20,000 perf sets; 500 imperf sets.

Feb. 18: Ships, 15w, cargo ship Paekmagang; 50w, dredger Konsol; 70w, passenger ship Undok No. 2; 112w, cargo ship Piryugang; souvenir sheet with 150w stamp, excursion ship Pyongyang No. 1; 444w booklet, contents not reported. Designer, Ha Kong Guk; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 30,000 perf sets; 2,000 imperf sets; 2,000 perf booklets; 500 imperf booklets.

March 15: Kim Jong Il's On the Art of the Cinema 30th Anniversary of Publication, souvenir sheet with 120w stamp, the book, border shows car, camera, tower, scenes from films. Designer, Choe Chol Man; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 70,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

March 16: 250-Mile Journey for Learning 80th Anniversary, 15w, map, young soldier with bugle, train, emblem with book. Designer, Kim Chol Ung; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 70,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

South Korea

SOUTH KOREA-Feb. 25: Inauguration of 16th President, 190w, President Roh Moo-hyun, world map with Korean peninsula, flag, 7 million, souvenir sheet, contains the 190w stamp, border shows children, 700,000. Designers, Young-ho Chung, Gi-seog Lee; gravure in sheets of 16, Korea Minting & Security Printing.

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