I will end this week by sharing with you an awesome cover posted from South Korea. Many thanks to Kim Jong Woo!
To adjust to the new postal rates which started from 1st Oct 2011, three new definitive stamps were unveiled by Korean Stamp Postal Service.
The 270 KRW-stamp for standard letter mail (from over 5g up to 25g) features Taegueki which is the national flag of South Korea.
The 360 KRW-stamp for non-standard letter mail (up to 50g) features Charonia sauliae. Boasting striking appearance and colors, the fully matured seashell can grow as long as 30 cm. It has been actually used as a Nagak―horn. This is why it was named Napalgodung (Napal stands for horn). Having been designated as an endangered species, its numbers are decreasing due to environmental pollution and over gathering. Its primary habitat is off the coast of Jeju Island.
And the 1,770 KRW-stamp for registered mail (top right stamp on the cover) features Long-necked Jar with Clay Figurines, which displays clay dolls such as frogs, birds, tortoises, persons, rabbits, snakes, etc. These clay dolls are said to represent production, abundance, exorcism, etc.
To prevent any possible counterfeit or forgery, this 1,770 KRW-stamp features minute letters and printing in optically variable ink: the letter "KOREA" are printed in optically variable ink onto the left of the stamp; and "한국우정 KOREA POST" is inserted in minute letters at the bottom of the image of Long-necked Jar with Clay Figurines.
The se-tenant stamps on the cover were issued on 7th Dec 2011 to mark Korea's Achievement of One Trillion Dollars in Trade.
In 1964, the country designated Export Day when exports rose above $100 million, and at the time the main export items included tungsten and squid. Less than 50 years later not only has it's trade reached $1 trillion but includes automobiles and other high-tech items.
With Korea’s trade volume, including exports and imports, expected to surpass $1 trillion this year, Korea is set to become the ninth country in the world to achieve the milestone. Furthermore, the FTA with the EU and the Korea-U.S. FTA, along with trade agreements with other important markets, are expected to provide additional impetus for growth of the Korean economy.
That's all folks! Have a great weekend!