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KINGDOM OF KOREA CHARITY OFFICE COIN   

Korea: Seoul Charity Office 2 Mun, 1795-1742 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. 
Item KOR-160 KOREA SEOUL CHARITY OFFICE 2 MUN 1679-1695 KM160, M17.11a.0 VG-F $5.00



SOUTH KOREA 1961 COIN SET

South Korea 10 & 50 Hwan, 1961, KM1 & KM2 ObverseSouth Korea 10 & 50 Hwan, 1961, KM1 & KM2 Reverse
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    In 1962 the Hwan was replaced with the Won and the coins were withdrawn from circulation. 
Item KR-SET61 SOUTH KOREA 10 & 50 HWAN, 1961 KM1 & 2, UNC. $9.00



SCARCE NORTH KOREAN COIN SET  

North Korea 5 coin set 1 Chon - 1 Won 1959 - 1987
North Korea rarely issues coins for general circulation and coins are struck for many years with only a single date.  This five coin set includes the first coins that North Korea issued for circulation.  They were used until 2009 when the country did a sudden forced currency revaluation which wiped out the savings of most of its citizens.  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 the Chollima statue which depicts a worker and a peasantwoman on horseback. The monument is 151 feet (46 meters) high. It was unveiled in 1961 to celebrate  leader Kim Il-sung's 49th birthday.  The 1987 1 Won depicts the "Grand People's Study House in  Pyongyang. It was constructed in 1982 to celebrate leader Kim Il-sung's 70th birthday.  Because it is a closed society, North Korean coins are difficult to obtain.
Item KP-SET5 NORTH KOREA 5 COIN SET 1 CHON – 1 WON 1959-87 UNC. $10.00




NORTH KOREAN NOTE HONORS DICTATOR KIM IL-SUNG

North Korea 100 Won banknote, 1978 P22
North Korea honored their dictator Kim Il-sung on their 1978 100 Won note.  It was the highest denomination issued by North Korea at that time and the first time he appeared on a note.  The front includes his portrait surrounded by a garland of Siebold Magnolias, the national flower of North Korea. The North Korean arms are to the upper left.  The back features Kim Il-sung's birthplace in Mangyongdae. The note measures 169x84mm and is Uncirculated.
Item PM-KP-100W NORTH KOREA 100 WON NOTE, 1978 P22 UNC. $4.00



SCARCE NORTH KOREAN BANKNOTE SET  

North Korea set of 3 Banknotes 5 - 50 Won P58-P60
This set of 3 North Korean banknotes includes the 5, 10 and 50 Won dated 2002.  The notes were not released until 2009 when North Korea recalled and revalued its currency, wiping out the savings of most of it citizens.  The  notes Won depicts stern faced North Koreans staring into their bleak future. The 5 won depicts a student and a scientist on the front and the Hwanggang hydroelectric dam the back. The 10 Won features a soldier, sailor and pilot on the front and the Korean War Victory Monument on the back.  The front of the 50 Won depicts 3 women representing an engineer, farmer and an intellect.  The back features the Party Foundation Monument.   The notes all have watermarks of the Siebold-Magnolia which is the national flower of North Korea.
Item PM-KP-SET3 NORTH KOREA 3 NOTE SET 5 - 100 WON 2002 (2009) P58-P60 AU-UNC. $7.00



NEWNORTH KOREA 70th ANNIVERSARY BANKNOTE

North Korea 1000 Won note, 2018, 70th Anniversary overprint
North Korea celebrated its 70th anniversary with this 2018 commemorative overprinted banknote.  The 2008 1000 Won note was overprinted with a red and green inscription honoring the 70th anniversary of the nation's founding in 1948.  The front of the note pictures the house where Kim Jong Suk was born. She was the first wife of the nation's founder, Kim Il Sung.  The back depicts birch trees on the shore of Lake Samji.  The lake is designated a Revolutionary Battle Site as it is near where the Battle of Musan was fought against the Japanese in 1939.
Item PM-KP-70 NORTH KOREA 1000 WON 70th ANNIVERSARY OVERPRINT NOTE, (2018) UNC. $5.00




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