The Republic of Korea is the world’s largest gold crown holder, and has nine of the 13 ancient gold crowns from the world (six in the Sil-la era and three in the Ga-ya era). A gold crown is a crown that is made of a gold plate. The crown of Korea is known to be made mainly in 5 ~ 6c. This precious cultural heritage has remained unchanged since 1,500 years ago, demonstrating the era in which the golden culture flourished and the craftsmanship of the ancestors. KOMSCO has designed and launched the Gold Crown Bullion Series to showcase its valuable heritage of gold and the delicate craftsmanship of its ancestors.
The gold crown bullion series is based on Korean gold crown and the story of imaginary animal known as the god of sun, Sam-jok-o, known for being a crow with three feet. In the east, crows were meant to connect gods in heaven with people in real life to deliver the god’s sayings as a messenger. In the west, crows were meant to help lost sailors find the right way home. What is more interesting is that the gold crown and crow are deeply related.
Etymologically, there is a theory that “Crown” was derived from the word, Crow (Bird’s beak or claw shape), which is Korone in Greek language. A crown that is presumed to be from Go-gu-ryeo era, “Il-joong-sam-jok-o-keum-dong-gwansik” has sam-jok-o on the middle. It is theorized that the crown and crow has been used to reveal a powerful sceptre.
REVERSE: The reverse has the imaginary animal, Sam-jok-o, known as the sun god that lives in the sun, a three legged crow excavated from the seventh tomb of Jin-pa-ri Pyeong-ahn-nam-do. The ancestors of the orient regarded the Sam-jok-o as a symbol of the sun because it looked like the black bird with black sun spots on three feet. Sam-jok-o will be applied as the main pattern of Gold Crown Bullion.
OBVERSE: The obverse has the gold crown excavated between 5~6c at Keum-ryung-chong located in Kyung-ju, Kyungsangbuk-do which is called the Keum-ryung-chong Gold Crown: Treasure #338. The edge of the crown has three standing ornaments and two antelope shaped ornaments. Due to the very small dot (16.5cm circumference), the crown must have been for the prince. The bottom of the gold crown bullion is engraved with a anti-counterfeit technology that changes the letters in different angles.