New Issues - Asia

Edited Extract from:
LINN's Stamp News, January, 2, 2006, edition.

By Denise McCarty

North Korea

June 14, 2005: Kim Chol Ju,
Souvenir sheet with 170-won stamp, portrait of the revolutionary fighter.
Designer, Kim Myong Sik; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 10,000 imperf; 1,000 imperf.

June 15: Publication of June 15 North-South Joint Declaration Fifth Anniversary,
Souvenir sheet with 167w stamp, handshake between Chairman Kim Jong-il of the National Defence Commission of the North Korea and President Kim Dae-jung of South Korea;
Souvenir sheet with four 112w stamps, different views of the two leaders.
Designer, Choe Chol Man; offset, 30,000 perf sets; 1,000 imperf sets.

July 25: Korean Map,
Souvenir sheet with 130w stamp, map.
Designer, O SOl Rim; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 20,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

July 27: Period of Joint Anti-United States Struggle, June 25-July 27,
3w, soldier with bayonet, crosses.
Designer, Kim Hae Yong; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 15,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

Aug. 16: National Liberation 60th Anniversary,
3w, fireworks, Arch of Triumph, magnolia;
Souvenir sheet with 128w circular stamp, President Kim Il Sung;
Souvenir sheet with five stamps featuring Kim Il Sung, 102w circular stamp, portrait as anti-Japanese hero;
   Four se-tenant 60w stamps, his mother gives him pistol used by father; founding the Juche-oriented revolutionary armed force; commanding the battle in Taehongdam; eve of final offensive for liberating the country;
Second souvenir sheet with five stamps featuring Kim Il Sung, 102w circular stamp, portrait;
   Four se-tenant 60w stamps, landing on Wonsan Port with anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters; visiting workers at Kangson Steel Works; making a speech on return home; meeting grandparents after return home.
Designers, Jo Son Il, Song Kyong Su; offset, 20,000 perf sets; 1,000 imperf sets.

Aug. 19: 18th Asian International Stamp Exhibition,
15w, 45w, 70w, 140w, various views of panda;
Souvenir sheet with 120w stamp, panda with cup.
Designers, Han Song Rim, An Chol; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 10,000 perf sets; 1,000 imperf sets.

Aug. 30: Korean National Costumes,
Four se-tenant 3w, 80w, 100w, 120w, various women in costumes with accessories;
Souvenir sheet with 140w stamp, children;
320w booklet, contents not reported.
Designer, Kim Hae Yong; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 20,000 perf sets; 1,000 imperf sets; 1,000 perf booklets; 500 perf booklets without covers; 500 imperf booklets, 50 imperf booklets without covers.

Sept. 8: Joint Slogans,
3w, soldier with gun and book, woman with wheat, other people, slogans.
Designers, Kong Kyong Su; Han Song Rim; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 10,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

Oct. 10: Workers’ Party of Korea,
3w, monument of the founding of the party;
Souvenir sheet with 120w circular stamps, Kim Il Sung;
Second souvenir sheet with 120w circular stamp, different portrait of Kim Il Sung;
Souvenir sheet with four se-tenant stamps featuring Kim Il Sung,
   12w, organizing Down With Imperialism Union;
   30w, forming the Juche-oriented party organization;
   60w, discussing draft resolution;
   90w, addressing party meeting;
Second souvenir sheet with four se-tenant stamps,
   12w, making report at sixth congress of party’s central committee;
   30w, with Kim Jong Il watching soldiers training;
   60w, inspecting Tabakso Company;
   90w, with crowd.
Designer, Han Song Rim; 20,000 perf sets; 1,000 imperf sets.

Oct. 20: The Life of a Bee,
Pane of four se-tenant stamps, 3w, 12w, 128w, 200w, bees on honeycomb;
343w booklet, contents not reported.
Designer, Choe Chol Man, Jo Son Il; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 30,000 perf sets; 1,000 imperf sets; 1,000 perf booklets; 500 perf booklets without covers; 500 imperf booklets, 50 imperf booklets without covers.

Nov. 4: Kim Hyong Gwon 100th Birth Anniversary,
Souvenir sheet with 100w stamp, statue of the revolutionary fighter.
Designer, Jon Kum Hui; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 10,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

Nov. 17: Fabrication of Ulsa Five-point Treaty by Japanese,
12w, “X” over treaty.
Designer, Choe Chol Man; offset, Korea Stamp Corp.; 30,000 perf; 1,000 imperf.

South Korea

Nov. 18, 2005: Asia-Pacific Economic Commission Economic Leaders’ Meeting,
Two se-tenant 220-won stamps, pine tree, water, five mountain peaks, sun, moon; Nurimaru APEC House.
Designer, Jung-hwa Roh; gravure in sheets of 20, Korea Minting & Security Printing; 1 million sets.

Dec. 1: Year of the Dog,
220w, puppy jumping in snow;
Souvenir sheet, contains two stamps.
Designer, Eun-kyun Park; gravure in sheets of 20, Korea Minting & Security Printing; 1.6 million stamps; 320,000 souvenir sheets.

Dec. 9: Registration of Korean Cultural Treasures as part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage,
Two 310w stamps, Seungjeongwon Ilgi, compendium of diaries written from 1623 through 1910; Jikjisimcheyojeol, the oldest known book of movable print type, 1372.
Designers, So-jeong Kim; engraver, Incheol Shin; offset and intaglio in sheets of eight se-tenant stamps at the bottom and souvenir sheet with two stamps at the top, Korea Minting & Security Printing; 850,000 stamp sets.

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