KINGDOM OF KOREA
CHARITY OFFICE COIN
These 2 Mun coins were issued by Charity Office (Poor Board) in Seoul,
Korea. The Kingdom of Korea authorized various government
agencies and towns to issue coins. All the coins all have the
same four characters on the obverse and the mint name on the
reverse. The coin was minted from 1679 to 1695.
KOR-160 KOREA SEOUL CHARITY OFFICE 2 MUN
KOREAN WAR BANKNOTE
Shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, North Korean
troops captured a large quantity of South Korean currency.
South Korea immediately issued new notes, including this green 1000 Won
note. The front of the undated note depicts Korean President
Syngman Rhee. The back has the denomination in English. It
was the highest denomination issued by South Korea, yet was worth only
about 40 cents in United States currency. By 1953 the note
had fallen to only 16 cents and it was replaced in a 100 to 1 currency
revaluation. It is a short-lived note from the Korean War.
PM-KR-1000W SOUTH KOREA 1000 WON BANKNOTE
(1950) P8 XF $15.00
COINS OF NORTH KOREAN
This set includes the five coins used in general circulation in North
Korea until the early 21st century. All five coins are aluminum and
have the national arms on the obverse. The 1, 5 and
10 Chon dated 1959 were the first coins issued by North
Korea. The denomination is on the reverse. The 1978 50 Chon
features an equestrian statue leaping over the sun. The 1987
1 Won depicts the National Palace. Because it is a
closed society, North Korean coins are difficult to obtain.
KP-SET59 NORTH KOREA 5 COIN SET 1 CHON – 1
WON 1959-87 UNC. $7.00
SOUTH KOREA 1961 COIN
South Korea issued just two coins in 1961, the 10 and 50
Hwan. Both cons are dated Year 4294 in the Korean
era. The calendar dates from the legendary founding of Korea
in 2333BC. The 19.1mm bronze 10 Hwan features the Rose of
Sharon, also known as the Rose Mallow (Hibiscus syriacus). It
is the national flower of Korea. The 22.9mm 50 Hwan depicts a
Turtle Boat. The metal-clad Turtle Boats date from the late
16th Century, when they were used to repel Japanese invasions of
Korea. The ships were fearsome naval weapons; with multiple
cannons and the ability emit toxic smoke or flames from a dragon’s head
mounted on the bow. The denomination and date are
on the reverse of both coins. In 1962 the
Hwan was replaced with the Won and the coins were withdrawn from
KR-SET61 SOUTH KOREA 10 & 50 HWAN,
1961 KM1 & 2, UNC.
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