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Ice Hockey Reverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won
Figure Skating Reverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won

Ice Hockey Obverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won
Ice Hockey Obverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won

Ice Hockey Reverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won
Ice Hockey Reverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won

Ice Hockey Reverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won

Discus Reverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won

Ice Hockey Reverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won
Football Reverse of 1988 North Korea 500 Won

North Korean Coins

Korea is a peninsula in northeast Asia. The first dynasty, the House of Tangun, is said to have ruled from 2333 BC to 1122 BC, followed by the dynasty of Kija until 193 BC. Recorded history shows Korea as three kingdoms from 57 BC to 935 AD. The kingdom of Koryo, after which Korea is named, lasted from 935 to 1392, when it was superseded by the Yi dynasty. In 1910 Korea was annexed by Japan until the end of the second world war.

North Korea
At the end of the second world war, the USA entered Korea from the south, USSR from the North. North Korea, under Russian influence, proclaimed itself as a Democratic People's Republic on August 25th 1948. Its capital is Pyongyang.

Coinage of North Korea
North Korea issued its first coins in 1947 with 100 chon equal to 1 won. In common with a lot of Communist/Socialist dictatorships, North Korea has a separate designated currency for visitors and the elite, which is exchangeable for hard currency, and one for ordinary 'citizens', used by the people to purchase ordinary goods, staples and services within the country. The domestic Won has been ravaged by hyperinflation over the years, and a recent drastic revaluation has said to have led to riots and a series of executions, both of rioters and of senior finance ministry officials, including Pak Namgi, the former Director of Finance and Planning, who was executed as a scapegoat in March 2010.

Coin Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessSilver Content
500 Won34.527.0000.999.8681

Denomination = Face Value
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres
Weight = Weight in grams
Fineness = Purity of silver
Silver Content = Actual amount of fine silver in troy ounces.

Prices & Availability
All prices on our websites are subject to fluctuation and availability. Please check before ordering.
DateDenominationDescriptionMintageGradeAvailPrice £Price $
1988500 WonWinter Games - Ice Hockey20,000Silver ProofYes£26$42
1988500 WonFootball World Championship Italy 1990 Silver ProofYes£26$42

Denomination = Face Value
Mintage = Quantity issued, where known, otherwise issue limit.
Avail = Availability<

Postage & Packing:
UK: At buyer's Risk £3.50 or
Fully Insured £9 (Usually by Royal Mail Special Delivery)
USA: Airmail at buyer's risk $10 or
Fully Insured $20
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