Continuing on with the 2020 World Mint Coins, I am happy to show you a beautifully designed first year-issue silver medal.
The phoenix is a mythical bird from Ancient Greek folklore that is believed to have the power to cyclically regenerate over the course of time. The bird ages from a hatchling to old age and famously bursts into flame before regenerating again as a younger bird. Known as the Bong Hwang in Korea, the phoenix has a deep history in Korean culture and is part of national symbolism for the modern Republic of Korea.
2020 South Korea 1 oz Silver Phoenix BU1st year issue release of the South Korean Silver Phoenix minted by KOMSCO, the official mint of South Korea.
31.1035 g, 1 oz .999 fine Silver, 40 mm
The use of the phoenix in Korean culture dates back to the 14th century and has long been used in other Asian cultures as a symbol of the emperor reigning as a monarch. The phoenix is considered a noble creature. Since 1967, the government of the Republic of Korea has used the phoenix in a motif to represent the office of the President of South Korea.
The obverse side of 2020 1 oz South Korean Silver Phoenix Medals includes an artistic depiction of the phoenix in its full glory. The bird is in flight in the air with its talons reaching down, its long tail feathers flowing down underneath its frame and its wings spread out wide. The 2020 date of issue and name of the new series Korean Phoenix.
Also visible on this side of the coin is a new security image that KOMSCO has produced in a different manner. Rather than creating the security feature on the medal after striking using resins or other visual effects, this rigid, lined feature is struck into the coin. As you adjust the angle of viewing, the Korean language terms for Bong and Hwang appear.
The reverse face of the 2020 South Korean Silver Phoenix features two phoenixes facing in toward one another with the Taeguk found on the flag of South Korea in the center. The emblem motif is based on the presidential seal for South Korea. It includes the nation of issue- Republic of Korea, weight of 1 oz, metal content and purity of .999 fine silver.
Acquiring the current year release of bullion silver (and fractional gold) coins from the different world mints is a fun way to save in precious metals.
These are the 2020 world mint coins I have shown in my blog:
- 2020 Rwanda MayFlower Nautical Ounce
- 2020 China Silver Panda
- 2020 Australian Silver Dragon
- 2020 Great Britain Silver Britannia
- 2020 Silver Kookaburra, 30th Anniversary Coin
The next current year 2020 Silver Coin will be shown on World Coin Wednesday. Stay tuned!
All photos and gifs by @silversaver888.
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