S.K.S.30kW.
2015 GYEONGJU HISTORIC AREAS - KOREAN CULTURAL HERITAGE PF

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: KOREA
Item Description: S30KW 2015 Gyeongju Historic Areas
Full Grade: NGC PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
Owner: Fenntucky Mike

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: S.K.S.30kW.   Score: 445
Research: NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

SERIES/TITLE: KOREAN CULTURAL HERITAGE - GYEONGJU
FACE VALUE: 30,000 WON
METAL: Ag .999
WEIGHT IN FINENESS (g): 15.55
TOTAL WEIGHT (g): 15.55
DIAMETER (mm): 33.0
ALIGNMENT: MEDAL
STRIKE: PROOF
EDGE: REEDED
DECORATIVE ELEMENT: N/A
MINTAGE: 15,700
YEAR/DATE OF ISSUE: DECEMBER 7, 2015
DESINERS: N/A
ENGRAVERS: N/A

FROM THE BANK OF KOREA: The Bank of Korea issued a series of ‘Korean Cultural Heritage’ commemorative coins in two types on December 7, 2015, as it had done in 2013 and 2014, in order to make Korea’s outstanding cultural heritage more widely known and boost Koreans’ own love and affection for it. The motifs of the designs are ‘Gyeongju Historic Areas’ and ‘Baekje Historic Areas’, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

OBVERSE: Center, a panoramic view of Gyeongju Donggung Palace, its reflection appears on the rippling water of Wolji Pond below. The pond was built in the 14th year of King Muumuu’s rule in 674 CE. At the top, running in a semicircle around the rim is inscribed 한국의 문화유산 /경주역사유적지구 (Korean Cultural Heritage / Gyeongju Historic Areas), at the bottom running in a semicircle around the rim is inscribed 2015 / 한국은행 / 삼만원(2010 / Bank Of Korea / 30,000 Won).

REVERSE: The reverse depicts five reliefs of the Buddha. The depiction on the left is of the Buddhist triad, and the cube-shaped boulder on the right depicts the Buddha facing in four directions. These sculptures are located at the Chilburam Hermitage at Namsan Mountain and are believed to have been constructed in the 8th century CE. Inscribed in a semicircle around the top of the rim are the words ‘Korean Cultural Heritage / Gyeongju Historic Areas’. At the bottom running in a semicircle is inscribed 2015 / THE BANK OF KOREA / 30000 WON (Year of issue / Issuing Authority / Denomination)

NOTES: This signals a significant drop off in the mintage numbers for the 30,000 Won coins. Starting with this set all mintages have remained under the 20,000 mark, but never dipping below 10,000. This year also marks the third reduction in the planchet size/weight, the diameters have been shrinking since the first planchet which was 35mm to the current 33mm size, the weight have also been steadily diminishing, from 23 to 19 and now to 15.5 grams. The planchet weight will continue to reduce along with the diameter in later years.

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