Purveyors of some of the finest silver bullion releases of the last decade, South Korean producer, Coin’s Today, also releases some fine numismatic issues as well. Best of all, their choice of subjects is often quite unique, and not covered on coins either very often, or ever before. Their latest features a Korean temple built in the eighth century, and located on the east coast of South Korea.
Coins Today have kindly provided some interesting backstory to the history of it, so we’ll concentrate on its transition to silver. The bar is struck in a full kilo of fine silver, so clearly relief is not going to be an issue, and there is good use of it on both faces. Rather than take a simplistic frontal view of the temple’s main attraction, there’s a more interesting low-perspective depiction, managing to show, not just the Buddha statue, but also the alcoves, and the ceiling detail as well. It’s a great example of choosing the right position to view something that we’re sure the photographers amongst our readers will appreciate.
The obverse side of this undenominated bar takes one of the many reliefs surrounding the statue on the rotunda walls, and reproduces it in full. It depicts one of ten disciples, and even includes a background textured like stone. You can see some of the other ones in place in the image lower down this article. All together, a fine encapsulation of one of South Korea’s greatest treasures. It should be available to order now, and with a mintage of just 108 pieces, we suspect that won’t be for long.