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The Seals of the Joseon Dynasty (3rd)
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Date of Issue : 2017.09.01
Types : 4
Denomination : 330 won
Design :
Stamp No. : 3217
Printing Process
& Colors
: Offset, Four Colors + Metalic Ink + UV Lacquer
Size of Stamp : 26.8 × 36.5
: 4 × 5, (소형시트) 2 × 2
Image Area : 26.8 × 33.5
Paper : White unwatermarked
Perforation : 14¼ × 14¼
Printer : POSA
Designer : Kim, So-jeong
Quantity : 176,000 stamps each (S/S 68,800)
Korea Post will issue the third collection in the stamp series, The Seals of the Joseon Dynasty: Guksae, the Symbol of the Kingdom. This series introduces the seals of the Joseon dynasty which are regarded as political and cultural symbols of the dynasty and artworks with excellent formative beauty. In ancient times, important documents and artworks have been stamped with seals to add dignity and value to the item. Among them, the guksae (seal of the state), which was used by kings when giving orders related to important state affairs, and the eobo (royal seal), which was used during various state rites, are the two seals that represented kingship and national dignity. Numerous seals were made during the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire. Some of them were illegally taken out of the country along with many cultural assets throughout the Japanese occupation and the Korean War. Yuseojibo and Junmyeongjibo were carried out to the United States during the Korean War and officially returned to Korea on the occasion of President Barack Obamas visit for the Korea-US summit in 2014. Yuseojibo (1897, Treasure No. 1618-3) is a metal seal with a turtle-shaped handle called gwinyu. It was used by the monarchs of the Joseon Dynasty from King Sejong to King Gojong in sealing the king`s orders or yuseo. Junmyeongjibo (1889, Treasure No. 1618-4) is a jade seal, which also has a gwinyu and was used to seal documents that appoint officials to the Tutorial Office for the Crown Prince called Sejasigangwon from 1889 (the 26th year of Emperor Gojongs reign). The diplomatic guksae of the Joseon Dynasty was mostly awarded by the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Many of them were carved in the shape of a turtle, which symbolizes the loyalty of a servant. However, after the declaration of the Korean Empire, a guksae with a dragon-shaped handle called yongnyu and strap called yudae was made and used to display Koreas elevated status as an empire. Jegojibo (1897), a gilded seal in the shape of a dragon that symbolizes the authenticity of an emperors reign, is the eobo used when appointing high-ranked officials from prime ministers to vice ministers. Jebo means emperors command. Daewonsubo (1899) is a silver-plated seal with a dragon-shaped handle. In 1899, the General Command of the Korean Military called Wonsubu, which commanded both the army and naval forces, was established, and Emperor Gojong, as the commander-in-chief, used this guksae in issuing military commands.