One of the best things about the resurgence in popularity of myriad numbers of new coin designs, is the look we get into the cultural history of countries we know relatively little about. South Korea is one such country. The home of corporate giants like LG and Samsung, it’s easy to forget that this is an ancient country with a long, rich and proud history.
Now, we’re not sure what the criteria for the claim is, but Korea is said to hold nine of the thirteen known ancient gold crowns. Whatever the case, it’s impressive that so much history is still in existence, given how little remains of, for example, Egyptian gold artifacts of a similar nature, which were more prone to looting. This bullion coin series aims to showcase some of these impressive and varied artifacts.
While the first coin used Treasure #338 (a Korean museum classification) as its basis, this second coin uses Treasure #188, also called the ‘Cheon-ma-chong Gold Crown’. You can actually see it pictured in our image carousel lower down. Intermixed with some other artifacts, it forms a very pretty design and one clearly different from the Western or Middle Eastern crowns we all know so well. Like we said earlier, the medal is giving us a glimpse into Korean history and culture, which good numismatics like this should do. The other face, (this is a non-denominated medallion), is common to the series and depicts a stylised Sun-god in the form of a three-legged crow, also based on an artifact.
Last years issue had a mintage of 10,000 pieces, and while that isn’t confirmed for 2020 yet, we see no reason to doubt it won’t remain the same. Sitting alongside such series as Chiwoo Cheonwang and the Korean Tiger, state mint KOMSCO have built up a nicely balanced portfolio of coin offerings. Available in a one-ounce 0.999 gold format only, it should be available shortly from all the usual KOMSCO suppliers, and from the worldwide distributor, Today Ltd.