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International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Korea, Republic (South)

Republic Of Korea (South Korea)Edit

  • Meter stamps were first introduced on 1 August 1961, when a single meter came into the use of a shipping company. No other meters were installed until 1965 or 1966.
  • Meter/License numbers: All meter stamps except the very first type have a license number rather than a meter number. For the first few years the license numbers were prefixed by a code representing the postal area as follows: "PSK" (Seoul), "PBK" (Busan), "PCK" (Cheonju), "PDK" (Daejeon), "PGK" (Gwangju), "PJK" (Jungbu), "PTK" (Taegu) and “PWK” (Wonju) and “KP" (Korea Post). More recently the license numbers were assigned locally, and they are often prefixed by Korean characters only or are without prefix. Some post office meters do not have a meter number at all. Prefix “IPO” is not uncommon and may identify a post office stamp, but we have no verification.
  • All stamps are inscribed with a variation of “대 한 민 국 우 편”. They are grouped according to appearance:
A - Franks with yin-yang symbol and no other illustration or with non-representative ornaments only
B - Franks with image of the South Great Gate
C - Franks with image of two children from a folk tale
D - Franks with image of a pagoda
E - Franks with commemorative image of the 1988 Olympics or some other special situation or event
PO - Franks with Ministry of Communication symbol, generated only by machines in Post Offices
  • For specialized information about the meter stamps of Korea, see Study of Meter Franking Stamps in Korea by Seung Je Kim, Busan Philatelic Club, 1996.



GROUP A: Franks with yin-yang symbol and no other illustration or with non-representative ornaments onlyEdit


Korea stamp type A1.jpg


A1. 1961, Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Upright frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight-line inner border.
Yin-yang symbols flank two characters at bottom.
Meter number U12158 below bottom frame line.
TM: DC
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A2. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” series (MV).

Horizontal frank with brick-like outer border.
Value figures boxed with country name vertical at right and yin-yang symbol at left.
License number below value box, with either Western or Korean characters as prefix.
TM: SC
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Korea stamp type A3.jpg

A3. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank with simulated perforation border and Greek style ornaments at sides and bottom left.
the License number at lower right.
TM: DC, SC
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NOTE: The far right character at top is “표“ rather than “편”.






GROUP B: Frank illustrates the “Great South Gate”Edit


Korea stamp type B1.jpg


B1. Pitney Bowes “R” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Very large Great Gate in center touching both the TM and the value box.
Country inscription is vertical at right, and the yin-yang symbol is above the value box.
One meter known, the License number “KP1”.
TM: SC
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Korea stamp type B2.jpg

B2. Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Only a small portion of the right side of the Great Gate appears.
Country inscription across top.
Separate TM with lines at top and bottom sides.
TM: SC
One known, with License number KP1
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NOTE: Type B2 is most likely from the same machine that produced Type A1.



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B3. Postalia “D2" and "D3” (MV).

Open design without complete outer frame line and Greek style border at right.
The Gate door is at the right side and the the License number is at the left.
Value box variable in size.
TM: SC
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B4. Postalia “D3” (MV).

As Type B3B but the Gate door is at the left with the License number below the value box.
TM: SC
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B5. Postalia “MS5/WK4” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank separate from town mark, with complete frame lines along left and bottom.
Value box is nearly square.
TM: SC, DC
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Korea stamp type B6A.jpg
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B6. Francotyp “A9000” (MV).

Similar to Type B3 but value box and value figures are much larger.
The gate shows two peaks at top.
A. The door of the gate has an arched top
B. The door of the gate is four equal length vertical lines
TM: SC with widely spaced date elements
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Korea stamp type B7.jpg


B7. Postalia “D2” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Frank very similar to Type B6B but with smaller Postalia-style value figures.
This stamp appears to be from a locally constructed hybrid meter.
TM: SC
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Korea stamp type B8A.jpg
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B8. Francotyp “A9000” (MV).

Similar to Type B6 but the Gate is smaller showing only one peak at top, and the value box is not as wide.
A. With solid semi-circle in lozenge below value box, horizontal lines in field at its right
B. With solid square in lozenge below value box, empty field at its right
C. Lozenge below value box and field at its right are both empty
TM: SC with widely spaced date elements
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Korea stamp type B9A.jpg
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B9. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).

Similar to Type B6 but date figure elements are closer together.
A. The door of the gate is four equal length and equally spaced vertical lines
B. The door of the gate has six or more vertical lines
C. The door of the gate is two small rectangles
TM: SC
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NOTE: The illustration is inaccurate and actually shows Type B6. This will be corrected as soon as possible.





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B10. 1979, Francotyp “A9000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

The bottom frame line curves up along the right side.
The face of the gate containing the door is bricked.
TM: SC with widely spaced date elements
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Korea stamp type B11.jpg


B11. Hasler “F88” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Tall frank with separate double circular TM.
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GROUP C: Franks contain image of two children, from a folk taleEdit


Korea stamp type C1.jpg

C1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV).

Country inscription vertical at right.
Yin-yang symbol above value box.
A. Value box complete
B. Value box open at top (not shown)
TM: large DC or SC with tall date figures
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Korea stamp type C2.jpg


C2. Pitney Bowes “6500” (MV).

Similar to Type C1A but TM is smaller and date figures are shorter.
With one or two vertical lines at far right.
TM: SC
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Korea stamp type C3.jpg


C3. Pitney Bowes “6500” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type C2 but without yin-yang symbol.
Ornamental border across top is complete above value box.
TM: SC.
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a. Large “PB” above the License number



Korea stamp type C4.jpg

C4. Pitney Bowes “6500” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Country inscription across top, without yin-yang symbol.
Value box wide.
Without ornamental border beneath the License number.
TM: SC.
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GROUP D: Franks with image of a pagodaEdit


Korea stamp type D1A.jpg
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D1. Neopost “405/505” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Country inscription at top above value figures.
Greek style ornamental border along right and below value figures.
the License number below value figures.
TM: SC
A. Value figures boxed
B. Value figures with horizontal lines above and below
C. Value figures unboxed and without surrounding lines
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GROUP E: Franks with commemorative image of the 1988 Olympic games or some other special situation or eventEdit


Korea stamp type E1A.jpg
Korea stamp type E1B.jpg



E1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank with simulated perforation outer border and inner value box at center right.
Olympic rings and “’88 SEOUL/OLYMPIC GAME” across top, yin-yang symbol at right.
Country inscription vertical outside frame line at left.
TM: SC
A. Narrow value box with large yin-yang symbol
B. Wide value box with small yin-yang symbol
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Korea stamp type E2.jpg


E2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank with simulated perforation outer border broken at left by triangular symbol of the Busan Philatelic Club.
TM: SC
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GROUP PO: Franks with logo of Ministry of CommunicationsEdit

The stamps shown below were generated only by machines in post offices. Several of the commercial/private use meter stamp types were also used in post offices.



Sub-group PO-A: Generated by mechanical metersEdit




Korea stamp type PO-A1A.jpg

PO-A1. Francotyp “A9100” (MV).

Horizontal frank with 3 horizontal lines at top left of country inscription and across the bottom.
The bottom line curves up along the right side and is rounded at the corner.
Value figures large and thick.
A. Without ID#
B. With ID number without prefix below logo (not shown)
TM: SC with widely spaced date elements
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Korea stamp type PO-A2.jpg


PO-A2. Postalia “MS5” (MV).

Similar to Type PO-A1, but value figures smaller and thinner.
TM: SC with date elements close together
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PO-A3. Postalia “MS5” (MV).

Similar to Type PO-A2 but value box is smaller and the frank has a Greek style border at right.
TM: SC
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PO-A4. Hasler “325”? (MV).

Wide frank with thick outer border and thin inner border touching TM at top and bottom.
Country inscription breaks bottom frame lines below value box.
TM: SC
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Korea stamp type PO-A5.jpg


PO-A5. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Rectangular frank with detatched town mark.
Country name in Korean across top, postal logo left of the value box.
TM: DC, SC
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Korea stamp type PO-A6.jpg


PO-A6. Francotyp-Postalia "MS5/WK4" (?) (MV).

Town mark separated from the frank as with Type PO-A5.
Otherwise the frank more closely resembles Types PO-A1 and PO-A2.
Value figures thin and narrow.
TM: SC
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Korea stamp type PO-A7.jpg

PO-A7. Pitney Bowes (digital).

Horizontal rectangular frank with large postal logo.
"KOREA POST" in English below country name in Korean.
Extensive identification number across the bottom with "PB" prefix.
Two columns of numbers left of the town mark
TM: SC
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Korea stamp type PO-A8.jpg

PO-A8. Pitney Bowes "A/B900” (MV).

Similar to Types PO-A1 and PO-A2 but the town mark circle does not touch the horizontal lines of the frank.
Horizontal lines at bottom do not extend left of the town mark.
The value figures are larger than with PO-A2 but not as large and thick as with PO-A1.
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Sub-group PO-B: Generated by digital, computerized devicesEdit



Korea stamp type PO-B1A.jpg


PO-B1. Samkyung (digital). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Stamp on self-adhesive label with light blue underprint of running horses and deer at upper left.
The stamp has circular town mark at center and at right the country name in Korean, value figures, and ”KOREA POST”.
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Korea stamp type PO-B2.jpg
Korea stamp type PO-B2B.jpg
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PO-B2. Samkyung (digital).

Similar to Type PO-B1 but with straight line town mark.
The stamp has date-town mark at left and at right: country name in Korean/postage/”KOREA POST”.
A. Stamp for regular mail
B. Stamp for registered mail, with bar code across center and number below. At top left are the mail class above the town name and the date. At top center is "Country:" and the destination. At top right is the country name in Korean above the value figures and "KOREA POST".
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a. Underprint design in center of label rather than upper left




Korea stamp type PO-B3.jpg

PO-B3. Samkyung (digital).

Similar to Type PO-B2B but the bar code is taller and has registration number below left and date below right.
Above the bar code at top left are the mail classification in English above the country name in Korean.
At top center is the destination name in English above the weight.
At top right is "KOREA POST" above the value figures.
Printed on labels with underprint in light blue with simulated-perforation border and images of three early Korean postage stamps at upper left.
Two examples seen, both used on registered mail. The non-registered version of this stamp no doubt exists but has not yet been seen by us.
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Korea stamp type PO-B4.jpg


PO-B4. Samkyung (digital).

Similar to Type PO-B2 but text rearranged.
From top down: "KOREA POST" / date / value figures / weight / Korean text.
At left: mail class / post office name / Korean text.
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GROUP PV: Digital vending machine stampEdit


Korea stamp type PV1.jpg
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PV1. Samkyung (digital).

Frank quite similar to Type PO-B2A and uses the same label with underprint at upper left.
With PV1 the town name and date are larger and at center left rather than upper left.
A. At left is town line above date. At right is KOREA POST in Korean and English with the value figures between.
B. With mail class and destination across the top
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