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South Korea Korean Cultural Heritage: Gyeongju Historic Areas 30000 Won Silver Coin


On December 7, 2015, the Bank of Korea will continue its series of Korean Cultural Heritage Commemorative Coin Series with the issuance of two new 30,000-won silver commemorative coins. The first of the two to be issued honors Gyeongju Historic Areas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gyeongju Historic Areas are significant for their large concentration of Korean Buddhist sculpture, pagodas, and the remains of temples and palaces that date back to the 7th century by the Silla dynasty. The site is visited by millions of Koreans each year and is a treasured part of Korean culture.

The Bank of Korea’s Gyeongju Historic Areas 30,000-won coin weighs 1/2 ounce and is struck in .999 silver and has a mintage limit of 40,000 pieces, with 10% reserved for overseas markets. This is the eighth issue in the Korean Cultural Heritage Commemorative Coin Series.

The other issues are:

  1. Jongmyo Shrine (2010)
  2. Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes (2011)
  3. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple (2012)
  4. Changdeokgung Palace Complex (2013)
  5. Hwaseong Fortress (2013)
  6. Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks (2014)
  7. Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong (2014)
  8. Namhansanseong (2014)
  9. Gyeongju Historic Areas (2015)
  10. Baekje Historic Areas (2015)
  11. Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites (2016)
  12. Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (2016)

The issue price of this coin, through the Bank of Korea’s Korean distributors (KOMSCO, Woori Bank, and NH Bank) has been set at 40,000 won.


A panoramic view of Gyeongju Donggung Palace (경주 동궁과 월지), its reflection appears on the rippling water of Wolji Pond (안압지) below. The pond was built in the 14th year of King Muumuu’s (문무왕) rule in 674 CE. The inscriptions in Korean reads KOREAN CULTURAL HERITAGE / GYEONGJU HISTORIC AREAS (top) and 2015 • THE BANK OF KOREA • 30000 WON (bottom).


The reverse depicts five reliefs of the Buddha. The depiction on the left is of the Buddhist triad. These sculptures are located at the Chilburam Hermitage at Namsan Mountain (남산) and are believed to have been constructed in the 8th century CE. The cube-shaped boulder on the right depicts the Buddha facing in four directions. The inscriptions on the reverse mirror the inscriptions found on the obverse, but in English.


Coin Specifications:

Country:  South Korea
Year Of Issue:  2015
Denomination:  30000 Won
Mint Mark:
Mintage:  40,000
Alloy:  .999 Silver
Weight:  15.5 grams
Diameter:  33 mm
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Quality:  Proof


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