KOREAN COIN IDENTIFICATION
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Korean coins entered the scene around 996 AD in the shape of holed cash coins during the Goryeo Dynasty. They are broken down into four main categories: Goryeo Dynasty Cash Coins, Joseon Dynasty Cash Coins, Joseon Dynasty/Korean Empire Modern Coins, and Republic of Korea Modern Coins.
GORYEO DYNASTY CASH COINS (996 - 1105 AD)
Kings attempted to introduce coins multiple times during the Goryeo Dynasty and failed. Each time the people shrugged off the "new" type of currency and went back to bartering and trading. CLICK the image on the right to explore Goryeo Dynasty coins.
조선시대 고대화폐 1423년~1894년
JOSEON DYNASTY CASH COINS (1423 - 1894)
Two more attempts were made at introducing coins to Korea in 1423 and 1633; however, in 1678 the Sang Pyeong Tong Bo was finally successful. This would become the longest running currency in Korean history. Although not Korea's "first" coin, it was the first successful one. CLICK the image on the right to explore Joseon Dynasty cash coins.
근대주화 (조선 및 대한제국) 1882년~1910년
JOSEON DYNASTY/KOREAN EMPIRE MODERN COINS (1882 - 1910)
As surrounding nations began to use modern-age gold, silver, and bronze coins, Joseon saw it fit to began minting their own "modern" coins and decommissioned the cash coin. Of these coins are some of the rarest Korean coins in existence. CLICK the image on the right to explore Joseon and Korean Empire modern-age coins.
대한민국 현행주화 1959년~현재
REPUBLIC OF KOREA MODERN (1959 - PRESENT)
Following the Korean War, the Republic of Korea began minting their own coins; the first of which was minted in 1959 by the Philadelphia Mint. By 1966, South Korea was producing their own coins at the Bank of Korea; minting the 1, 5, and 10 won coins. Currently only the 10, 50, 100, and 500 won coins are still used in cirulation. CLICK the image to the right to explore Republic of Korea modern coins.