New Issues - Asia

Edited Extract from:
LINN's Stamp News, May 10, 2004, edition.

By Denise McCarty

North Korea

NORTH KOREA:
Jan. 22: Lunar New Year’s day, 3 won, two children in folk costumes, snowflakes. Designer, Kim Hae Yong; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 60,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

Jan. 30: China’s First Manned Space Flight, souvenir sheet with two stamps, circular 91w stamp, astronaut Yang Liwei; 98w, landing, helicopter; 394w booklet, contents not reported. Designer, Choe Chol Man; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 30,000 perf, 2,300 imperf, 2,000 booklets; 500 each imperf booklets and booklets without covers.

Jan. 30: 17th Asian International Stamp Exhibition Hong Kong 2004, souvenir sheet with two stamps, circular 91w stamp, astronaut Yang Liwei; 98w, landing, with show emblem in the border; 394w booklet for China’s first manned space flight; 3w, 60w, 70w, 100w and 135w Monkeys souvenir sheet (designs originally issued Jan. 1, now with show emblem). Designers, Choe Chol Man, An Chol; 30,000 Space perf; 2,300 Space imperf; 5,0000 Monkey sets; 2,500 booklets, 500 each imperf booklets and booklets without covers.

Feb. 19: Publication of the Program of Modeling the Whole Society on Juche Idea, souvenir sheet with 120w stamp, Kim Jong Il. Designers, Choe Chol Man, Kim Hae Yong; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 60,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

Feb. 25: Theses on the Socialist Rural Question in Our Country 40th Anniversary, 3w, cow, sheep, aerial view of rural village; souvenir sheet with 120w stamp, President Kim Il Sung visiting countryside. Designers, Kim Chol Ung (stamp), Kong Kyong Su (souvenir sheet); offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 60,000 perf sets; 1,000 imperf sets.

March 20: Intelligence Games, pane of four se-tenant stamps, 3w, Korean chess; 12w, Go; 90w, Yut; 120w, Koni; souvenir sheet with 98w stamp, Korean chess; 330w booklet, contents not reported. Designer, Jon Kum Hui; 80,000 perf stamps and souvenir sheets; 2,000 imperf stamps and souvenir sheets; 1,500 booklets; 500 each imperf booklets and booklets without covers.

March 30: Lighthouses, pane of four se-tenant stamps, 3w, Sokgundo Lighthouse; 12w, Yubundo Lighthouse; 100w, Jangdokdo Lighthouse; 195w, Amryongdam Lighthouse; 325w booklet, contents not reported. Designer, Kim Chol Ung; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 100,000 perf stamp sets; 2,000 imperf stamp sets; 2,000 booklets; 500 each imperf booklets and booklets without covers.

April 15: Kim Il Sung’s Birthday, 3w, home at Mangyondae; souvenir sheet with 120w, portrait surrounded by flowers. Designer, Kim Hae Yong; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 80,000 perf stamps; 50,000 perf souvenir sheets; 500 imperf sets.

May 20: Fossils of Korea, pane of four se-tenant stamps, 3w, Calcinoplax antiqua; 12w, Podozamites lanceolatus; 70w, Comptonia naumannii; 140w, Clinocardium asagaiense; souvenir sheet with 120w stamp, Tingia carbonica; 360w booklet, contents not reported. Designer, Kim Myong Sik; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 80,000 perf stamp and souvenir sheet sets; 2,000 imperf stamp and souvenir sheet sets; 1,500 booklets; 500 each imperf booklets and booklets without covers.

South Korea

SOUTH KOREA:
Nov. 6, 2003: Korean National Tuberculosis Association 50th Anniversary, 190 won, double cross of love. Designer, Ji-won Mo; offset in sheets of 20, Korea Minting & Security; 1.8 million.

Dec. 1: Year of the Monkey, 190w, monkey and snow (the snowflakes glow in the dark), 1.8 million; souvenir sheet, contains 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, 190w, dolmens in Ganghwa; 280w, dolmens in Hwasoon and Gochange. Designer, Sung-am Kim; photographer, Chang-hwan Kim; intaglio and offset in sheet of 10 (with two stamps in the top part of the sheet and eight se-tenant stamps in the bottom), Korea Minting & Security Printing; 1 million sets.

Dec. 10: Korea-India Diplomatic Relations 30th Anniversary (joint issue with India), se-tenant pair of 190w stamps, Cheomseongdae astronomical observation tower; Jantar Mantar astrological observatory, Jaipur, India. Designers, Eun-kyung Park, Bharati Mirchandani; gravure in sheets of 15, Korea Minting & Security Printing; 1.2 million sets.

April 21, 2004: Future Science/Stamp-design Contest, two 190w stamps, Earth, other planets, satellites, space vehicle by Radhika Kakrania; tree with various fruits and flowers by Kim Dong-min. Designer, Jae-yong Shin; gravure in sheets of 20, Korea Minting & Security Printing; 1.6 million.

May 4: Cartoons/Part 10, two 190w stamps, the wicked boy and other characters from Simsultong by Jeong-moon Lee; prince and princess from Nation of Winds by Kim Jin; two souvenir sheets, each contains one stamp. Designer, Eun-kyung Park; offset in sheets of 20, Korea Minrint & Security Printing; 1.6 million stamp sets; 320,000 souvenir sheets.

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