Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mails from Republic of Korea (1)

I received recently two nice covers from South Korea, from two different senders. I will present today the first one, and tomorrow the second one.The first one was sent from Busan, and is franked with a block of four se-tenant stamps picturing a turtle.

This stamp was issued on the 5th of March 1996, in a set of two stamps related to Nature protection and picturing reptiles. The turtle that is represented on the stamp is a Chinese Three-keeled Pond Turtle (Chinemys reevesii), a turtle coming from China and Japan, but that that can also be found in some other Asian countries such as Korea. It has unfortunately reached the status of endangered species. This semi-aquatic turtle is often seen as a pet. Unlike native semi-aquatic turtles such as sliders or painted turtles, it is not saucer-shaped but more rectangular overall.
The stamp was also issued in the form of a souvenir sheet containing two stamps.

To give you a complete view, the second stamp of the set pictures a lizard, also and endangered species, a Tsushima Smooth Skink (Scincella vandenburghi). A souvenir sheet was also issued.

I really like receiving covers franked with fauna stamps, this is really one of my favorite subject.

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