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 Korea

First Korean Stamp
First Korean Stamp

The first Korean stamps were issued by the Joseon Dynasty issued on 18 November 1884 when the first postal service was created. While five values were printed - 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 mon, only the 5m and 10m values were issued, and even these saw little use, as the post office was burned down during a revolt in December 1884.

The start of Korean Empire saw currency change in 1900, to rin, cheun, and weun, necessitated new stamps, and a series of 13 was issued, from 2 rin to 2 weun. In 1910, Japan assumed administrative control of Korean Empire, and subsequently all mail used Japanese Chosēn stamps until early 1945 after liberation. [source: wikipedia]