Korea (1895) 1/4 yang KM-1110
This specimen was lot 22266 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description noted, "Yi Hyong 1/4 Yang Year 504 (1895), AU58 NGC, nicely toned and attractive, key date for this series." The other variety for 1895 (KM 1109) is common. Korea, long a protectorate of the Chinese empire, was attempting to organize herself as a fully independent nation when she fell victim to the power struggle between Russia and Japan. Japanese influence, predominant after the Sino-Japanese war of 1895, was challenged by Russian expansionism in the late 1890's. This culminated in the Russo-Japanese war of 1905 and Russian defeat. Japan annexed Korea in 1910 and colonized her until 1945.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Catalog reference: KM 1110.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.