I cannot imagine any big argument from Philatilists who are experienced with the issues of Korea, to a concept of a "Primary" and "Secondary" source of Korean Stamps. The "Primary" source, quite naturally, is the "Complete Sheet of Stamps/Jon-jee" (or pane thereof, since that printing advance), which is the "Primary medium" of conveyance to the using public.
A "Secondary" source has not always been issued, but when available, has come in either the form of Proof, Presentation, or Souvenir Sheets(S/S)/Soe-hyong She-tuh; and/or Stamp Booklets/Chup.
Since 5.20.59, and periodically there-after, Korea has issued a "Primary medium", which because of appearance has been collected intact. It also has been constantly mis-classified as a Soe-hyong She-tuh:S/S by International Catalogues.
Since the 2000-Stamp Schedule-Hangul/Korean, and periodically there-after, Korea Post has used , meaning "Composite/Combination" (sheet)
(Special S/S) Prior to 1999 issues, all previous Souvenir Sheets (S/S)/Soe-hyung She-tuh, were secondary items issued in addition to the primary source of a stamp, the complete (or Full) sheet/jon-jee. In 1999, Korea issued nine S/S which contained a stamp of the same design; but, whose denomination was different. I have labeled these as "Special S/S". In each case, the Special S/S are the only source of that stamp, in that state.
Back to Top