Korea, Democratic People's Republic (North Korea)

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10ch      30 Jul 62              Carved Stone Turtle         Turtle is an antique paperweight.
 

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40j          20 Mar 75            Mythological Turtle         Tortoise-serpent and snake from 7th century painting on wall of the large tomb in Kangso. Represents a dragon w/ a turtle's shell.
 
 

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 Various                09 Oct 79             Stylized Tortoise               Tortoise in right border of s/s of six stamps, all depicting birds. Commemorates the Central Zoo in Taesongsan.
 


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 40           30 Apr 80             Unidentified Sea Turtle                  Small sea turtle near left margin, in front of diver's face. Inscribed "Jacques Cousteau - The Conquerer of the Sea".
 
 

SC  1936  a


 Various                30 Apr 80             Unidentified Sea Turtle                  S/S w/ five stamps plus one label. Contains Scott North Korea #1936.
 


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10ch      01 Aug 80            Tortoise Ship      Ship (facing right) is main design feature. Tortoise ships were 16th century ironclad warships of the Korean Navy.
 
 
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 10           25 Dec 82            Cartoon Turtle                  Turtle swimming w/ cylindrical object on back.
 

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 20           25 Dec 82            Cartoon Turtle                  Turtle swimming at surface w/ rabbit on its back.
 

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 30           25 Dec 82            Cartoon Turtle                  Turtle, rabbit, and other animals on land. One figure sitting in throne-like chair.
 

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 40           25 Dec 82            Cartoon Turtle                  Turtle swimming on back; rabbit jumping off onto land.
 
 

SC  2305

Various                30 May 83           Tortoise Ships                    s/s containing 4 stamps and 2 seals. Two of the 4 stamps show tortoise ships, which were 16th century ironclad warships of the Korean navy. Flags in sheet margin.
 
 

SC  2305  a


 20ch      30 May 83           Tortoise Ships     One of the tortoise ship stamps from Scott North Korea 2305.
 
 

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35ch      30 May 83           Tortoise Ships     One of the tortoise ship stamps from Scott North Korea #2305. This stamp also depicts Admiral Li Sun Sin (1545-1598), the inventor of ironclad warships and the tortoise ships in particular.
 
 
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 80ch      19 Jun 84             Tortoise Ship      Miniature s/s of one stamp. The stamp depicts Scott North Korea #2305a which shows a tortoise ship. It also depicts a large German sailing ship below the stamp-on-stamp. Both the stamp and the selvedge of the sheet contain the logo of the Zum XIX Weltpost Kongress, held in Hamburg in 1984 and the symbol of the Universal Postal Union.
  
SC  2381  var.
 80           19 Jun 84             Tortoise Ship      Stamp on stamp. This stamp depicts Scott North Korea #2305a, as well as a more modern ship. It was issued for XIX Weltpost Kongress, Hamburg, 1984. This is the single stamp from Scott North Korea #2381. Scott does not list the single stamp, only the s/s, so it is listed here as #2381var (variety).
 

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 40j          01 Jan 89             Mythological Turtle         A 7th century mural w/ a Tortoise-serpent and a snake. May represent a dragon w/ a turtle's shell. Identical to the tortoise-serpent on other Korean stamps.
 
 

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50j          20 Oct 92             Unidentified Sea Turtle                  Sheetlet of three 50j whale stamps w/ a sea turtle in border of sheet. This is Sheet II of two whale sheets issued on the same date. No turtles on stamps.
 

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1.80 won             20 Jun 94             Tortoise Ship      Stamp card (86 x 54 mm), w/ six airmail stamps (86 x 9 mm), each in the form of a horizontal strip w/ a tortoise ship on it.
  
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 1.80 won             20 Jun 94             Tortoise Ship      The six horizontal strip stamps on Scott North Korea #3356. Each one is assigned a suffix of "a" through "f". Some of the six stamps are identical to each other and once peeled off of the backing paper they would be impossible to distinguish.
 


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 50 & 80 j               15 Dec 97            Cartoon Turtle                  S/S of four se-tenant stamps w/ small cartoon turtle on each of the two 80j stamps. Issued for Year of the Tiger. Line drawings of various animals in selvedge.
 

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 80j          15 Dec 97            Cartoon Turtle                  S/S of one stamp w/ small cartoon turtle. Issued for Year of the Tiger. Animals playing musical instruments in selvedge.
  SC  3688  var.  80j          15 Dec 97            Cartoon Turtle                  Single stamp w/ small cartoon turtle, from Scott North Korea #3688. Issued for Year of the Tiger. Scott notes that the stamp on #3688 is included in #3687a.
  
SC  3688  var.
 50 & 80 j               15 Dec 97            Cartoon Turtle                  Booklet w/ eight stamps; four identical 80j stamps w/ turtles and two each of two different 50j stamps w/o turtles. Issued for Year of the Tiger. Scott does not list this booklet but the turtle stamps contained in it are the same as on Scott North Korea #3688 and so the booklet is listed here as 3688 variety.
 


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 30ch      24 Nov 98            Tortoise Ship      Tortoise ship near base of stone monument. Also found on Scott North Korea #3803a.
 


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 1.60w    24 Nov 98            Stone Sculpture of Turtle               Sculpture at base of stone monument. Also found on Scott North Korea #3803a.
 
 

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Various                24 Nov 98            Tort. Ship & Stone Turtle               Sheet of fifteen stamps (five each of three different stamps). One type of stamp has a tortoise ship (3802) and another type has a stone turtle (3803). Tortoise ship also in selvedge of sheet.
 

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 10w       24 Nov 98            Tortoise Ship      S/S of one stamp w/ picture of naval battle, including two tortoise ships.
 
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 Various                15 Dec 98            Three Species of Turtles      Block of four stamps w/ a lizard on one and a different turtle on each of the other three. Turtles depicted are Chinemys reevesii, Caretta caretta and Dermochelys coriacea.
  
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 10 jon    15 Dec 98            Chinemys reevesii             Individual stamp from Scott North Korea #3811. One turtle on land, facing right w/ much smaller individual in background (also facing right).
 
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 60 jon    15 Dec 98            Caretta caretta                 Individual stamp w/ Loggerhead turtle from Scott North Korea #3811. Swimming adult, facing right.
 
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 1.20 won             15 Dec 98            Dermochelys coriacea                    Individual stamp from Scott #3811 depicting leatherback turtle. Swimming adult, facing left.
 


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Various                15 Dec 98            Three Species of Turtles     Se-tenant sheet of 16 stamps; four each of each stamp from Scott North Korea #3811.
 

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 Various                15 Dec 98            Three Species of Turtles                 Booklet of 12 stamps (3 each of each stamp from Scott North Korea #3811). Plus, Dermochelys coriacea on front cover, Chinemys reevesii and Caretta caretta on back cover. Turtles depicted on stamps are Chinemys reevesii, Caretta caretta, and Dermochelys coriacea.
 
 

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 2w          19 Mar 99            Tortoise Ship      S/S w/ one stamp. Tortoise ship is main design feature. Selvedge shows a history of ships from a raft to a 20th century liner. Selvedge is inscribed "Australia '99 World Stamp Expo" (in English). Upper right corner shows logo of the Expo.
 
  
2w          19 Mar 99            Tortoise Ship      Single stamp from s/s SC 3845. Tortoise ship is main design feature.
 
 
SC  3845  var.
 2w          19 Mar 99            Tortoise Ship      Booklet containing same tortoise ship stamp as Scott North Korea #3845. Issued for Australia '99 World Stamp Expo. Scott does not list this booklet but the stamp contained in it is on Scott North Korea #3845 and so the booklet is listed here as 3845 variety.
 
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 Various                18 Feb 03             Tortoise Ship      Booklet w/ a strip of six stamps (of four different designs) depicting ships. Tab at far right of strip depicts a tortoise ship. No turtles or tortoise ships on stamps -- only on tab.
 

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 Various                10 Jun 03             Unident. Freshwater Turt.             Sheet of four stamps identical to the booklet pane from the "waterfall" booklet issued on the same date (Scott North Korea 4309 var.) but this sheet has a colored border and the word "Animals" inscribed in the upper margin, so it is not from the booklet. Small turtle at base of waterfall on 3w stamp and small turtle emerging from water below boar's snout on 150w stamp.
  SC  4309  a  3w          10 Jun 03             Unident. Freshwater Turt.             One of the individual stamps w/ a turtle from either Scott North Korea #4309 or #4309 var. Turtle at base of waterfall.    Exists perf. and imperf.
  
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 150w     10 Jun 03             Unident. Freshwater Turt.             One of the individual stamps w/ a turtle from either Scott North Korea #4309 or #4309 var. Turtle emerging from water just below boar's snout. Exists perf. and imperf.
 
 

SC  4309  var
 Various                10 Jun 03             Unident. Freshwater Turt.             Booklet of four stamps depicting many animals on cover and on stamps inside. Scott does not list the booklet so it is described here as 4309 var (variety) because the booklet pane is so similar to Scott North Korea #4309 (just lacking the colored margin and the word "Animals" in the upper margin). Two turtles on booklet cover (at base of waterfall and emerging from water at extreme right edge of cover). Two additional turtles on stamps inside of booklet (at base of waterfall and emerging from water just below boar's snout). Exists perf. and imperf.
 


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 Various                10 Aug 04            Unidentified Sea Turtle                  Sheet of four se-tenant stamps, all depicting freshwater fish. Turtle in lower left selvedge. Although the fish are all freshwater species, the turtle is a sea turtle.
 

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Various                31 Oct 05             Stone Turtle        S/S of three 35 won stamps, one 75 won stamp and three labels, all depicting buildings (temples?) or large golden religious figures. One of the 35 won stamps depicts a stone turtle supporting a vertical column. Margin of sheet is a photo of wooded hills.
  SC  4466  b  35w       31 Oct 05             Stone Turtle        Individual stamp w/ stone turtle from Scott North Korea #4466. Man's portrait in oval in upper left corner of stamp. Man's dates of birth and death are 1055-1101.
 

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 35w       18 Nov 05            Stone Turtles      S/S of six 35 won stamps and six labels, all depicting various buildings (temples?) and monuments. Additional monuments and sculptures in sheet margin. One label depicts a small building w/ a path leading between two stone turtles, each supporting a vertical stone column. Turtles are facing directly toward viewer. Another view of a turtle and column in sheet margin.
 
 

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 Various                01 Jul 07              Three Species of Turtles                 Booklet pane consisting of a horizontal strip of four stamps, all depicting fish. Strip is surrounded by a narrow selvedge containing 28 small, simple drawings of marine and aquatic organisms. Three of these are turtles, appearing in the lower right corner. The turtles depicted are one sea turtle and two freshwater turtles. The sea turtle is a leatherback but the other two cannot be identified to genus or species.
 
 
SC  4746  var.
 155        08 May 08           Unident. Freshwater Turt.             S/S of four identical stamps depicting mushrooms (SC 4746). Small turtle near bottom edge of sheet, to the left of a large beetle. No turtles on stamps. Scott lists the stamps but does not list the s/s w/ the turtle.
 

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 Various                12 Sep 09             Unidentified Tortoise      Mini sheet of five stamps plus one label, depicting different species of birds. Tortoise at bottom margin of sheet. No turtles on stamps. Sheet inscribed "Birdpex" at bottom right corner.
 
 

SC  4878  var.

15           20 Oct 09             Unidentified Chelonians Mini sheet of four identical stamps, each depicting a Jackson's Chamaeleon. Sheet margin depicts a small tortoise and a small freshwater turtle that may be a softshell. No turtles on stamps. The sheet of four identical stamps is not listed by Scott but each stamps is #4878.
 

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 110        20 Oct 09             Caretta caretta                 Turtle swimming right underwater. This stamp is also available as a sheet of four identical stamps w/ additional turtles in margin of sheet (see North Korea Scott #4880 var.)
  
SC  4880  var.
 110        20 Oct 09             Caretta caretta                 S/S of four identical stamps, each depicting a turtle swimming right, underwater. Sheet margin shows four small turtles as follows: Red-Footed Tortoise in upper left corner, two sea turtles in lower left corner and a freshwater turtle in middle of right margin. The sheet of four is not listed by Scott but each individual stamp is #4880.
 
  
Various   20 Oct 09  Strip of 4 including SC 4880. Also 2 small turtles in the right selvedge.
 
 
 Various   20 Oct 09   Booklet containing SC 4880. Sea turtle on front cover. Booklet footnoted by Scott.  
 


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 Various                09 Apr 10             Unident. Freshwater Turt.                            Mini sheet of three stamps depicting different species of birds plus three non-denominated labels depicting a raptor, an orang-utan and an elephant. Turtle on bottom margin of sheet near edge of pond. No turtles on stamps. Sheet inscribed "Birdpex" in upper right corner and w/ a red and white stamp-like logo in upper left corner.
 


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 152w     15 Apr 10             Eretmochelys imbricata    Stuffed specimen, facing left w/ head elevated, on plain white background. Gold-colored logo in upper right corner w/ "4.15" inscribed on logo. Available perf and imperf. Crewmen of Japanese ship "Dowamaru" presented this stuffed turtle to President Kim Il Sung on his 60th birthday. From set of four depicting gifts to Kim Il Sung.
 


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Various                30 Jun 10             Cartoon Turtle                  S/S of four stamps, depicting a variety of cartoon animals. Turtle standing on rear legs in right margin of sheet. No turtles on stamps. Upper margin of sheet inscribed "Korean Cartoon Film". Sheet exists perf. and imperf.
 
 

 SC  5126 var
 

30w        2012     Unidentified sea turtle   S/S issued for the Indonesia Philately Exhibition which took place between 18 and 24 of June, 2012. Small sea turtle on the beach in the sheet’s left border. Scott only lists the individual stamp on the s/s as SC 5126
 
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Various   21 Mar 13   Caretta caretta  M/S of 4 stamps titled Marine Animals, including a stamp with a loggerhead on it.
 
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 Various  21 Mar 13   Caretta caretta  Booklet pane of 4, 5168 a-5168 d.    Pane of 4 stamps titled Marine Animals, including a stamp with a loggerhead on it.         
 
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35  2013  Stone turtle  World Cultural Heritage in Kaesong - Sonjuk Bridge. Turtles in selvedge.
 
  
110       Caretta caretta         Postal envelope with SC 4880 affixed/imprinted on it. Also contains image of turtle on bottom of page
 
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70  11 May 14  Eretmochelys  imbricata  Shellfish and Fish M/S. Turtle in selvedge. Stamp is SC 5277; M/S not listed.
 
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30  21 Oct 14  Stone turtle  World Cultural Heritage in Kaesong - Seven Tombs cluster
 
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30  2014    Chelonia mydas   M/s issued for Songdowon International Children's Camp. Turtle in selvedge.