Korean consular revenue stamps: the hwan series of 1954 – 1962

This listing is an addendum to the article “Consular Revenue Stamps of the Republic of Korea” in The American Revenuer, Third Quarter 2017 (Vol. 70, No. 3). For the full article contact the American Revenue Association through their website: http://www.revenuer.org/ 


Hwan series (1954-1962)

Size: 27 mm x 30mm (stamp image: 22mm x 24mm)
Perforation: 12,5 x 12,5

CR1CR3CR8CR10
CR11CR12CR15CR16
CR17CR18CR19CR21
CR23CR24

For graphics of other values, see Hasegawa / Barefoot. All b/w pictures are from NAK files.

The hwan series consists of 24 values, which are numbered here in ascending order of the nominal value of the tax stamps. It is unknown in which (historical) order these values were actually published. Hasegawa mentions in his catalogue for the values he represents (indicated here by “PR”) 1954 and 1955 as years of issue based on a source called the “Government Official Record Book”. The values listed in the NAC files were known by 1962, hence the assumption that this series was used between 1954 and 1962.

The colours listed in the table (in English) are the colours according to Hasegawa or Barefoot or in the case of stamps from the NAK files colours as indicated (using Chinese names) in the original files. The designs A or B correspond with the two designs which have been used in these series, namely a design (A) with a rim around a large version of the 태극 (pronounced “taegeuk”) or (B) with a small version of the 태극 together with additional symbols. The differences in the drawings shown below are due solely to the fact that these were hand-drawn by someone who clearly did not strife for absolute fidelity.

Below is a list of known values.

Nr.HwanHasegawaBarefootColourDesignNAK
CR190PR1BF10dull violetBN
CR2130----BF1brownAN
CR3180PR2BF2blueAN
CR4250PR3----(UNKNOWN)BN
CR5260----BF3blueAN
CR6500PR4----(UNKNOWN)AN
CR7540PR5----greenBN
CR8650--------yellow ochreBY
CR9900PR6----blueBN
CR101000PR7----(UNKNOWN)BN
CR111250PR8BF4 + BF11dull violetA+B!N
CR121300----brownAY
CR131500PR9BF5blueA+B!N
CR141800PR10----(UNKNOWN)BN
CR152500PR11----brownAN
CR162600--------navy/indigoBY
CR173250--------pinkAY
CR183900--------orangeBY
CR195000PR12BF12blue-greenBY
CR206250--------brownBN
CR216500--------redBY
CR2210000--------(UNKNOWN)BY
CR2313000--------purple/violetBY
CR2415000--------greenBY

About the numbering system: the first column is my own number system, the Hasegawa numbers are straight from the Hasegawa catalogue, while the Barefoot numbers have an added BF to distinguish them from other numbers (Barefoot uses numbers only in his catalogues, without any prefix). In between series I have left gaps, to be able accommodate for future finds.

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