Korea (South) 2000 Won (commemorative)

Korea (South) 2000 Won (commemorative)


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The South Korean Won is the official currency of South Korea. The official currency symbol: ₩. The name of the coin is derived from the hanja (Korean name for a traditional writing system) ”won”, which means round.

The South Korean won has been issued in two stages; the first Korean won made its first appearance in the 16th to 19th centuries due to its derivation from the Spanish American silver dollar. This won was replaced by the Korean yen, which was on par with the Japanese yen during the Japanese colonial period between 1910 and 1945. After the end of World War II in 1945, Korea was divided between the South and the North, which resulted in two different won coins. Both won (South and North), they replaced the yen. This first victory went to the hwan in 1953. The second introduction was introduced in 1962 to circulate alongside the hwan. The latter was withdrawn when in 1975, the won became the only legal tender.

In 1962, the Bank of Korea introduced banknotes in denominations of 10 and 50 jeon, 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 won. The 5,000 and 10,000 won notes were issued between 1972 and 1973, followed by a 1,000 won note in 1975. The 500 won note was withdrawn in 1982, and a new series of notes was introduced the following year. In 2006, the government introduced a new series of banknotes with improved security measures, followed by the introduction of the 50,000 won banknote in 2009.

The 2000 South Korean won commemorative note front design illustrates seven athletes representing winter sports: Biathlon, Ice hockey, Curling, Speed skating, Ski jumping, Luge and Bobsled, and the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 logo.

The reverse of the note presents the painting Tiger and Pine Tree (Songhamaenghodo) by the Korean artist Kim Hong-do. The lettering of the note is presented in the Korean and English languages. This note is part of the 2018 commemorative series “The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018”. Its color is purple and grey on a multicolor underprint.

Text: ㅍㅊ 한국은행 이천원, Bank of Korea, 2000 Won.

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