Tuesday, March 9, 2010
International Blue-per #4: Korea Scott # 3-5
Korea issued its first stamps, a set of 5, in November 1884 but the postal service came to a grinding halt during the December uprising of that year. The "Blue" has spaces for the 25 mon, 50 mon, and 100 mon values from this set. Scott subsequently withdrew the previously assigned numbers for 3-5, and notes that "these  stamps were never placed in use." In spite of their non-official status, Scott does suggest values so an argument can be made that the stamps still belong in the "Blue," even if they've been orphaned by recent Scott catalogs.