Korea (1895) 5 fun KM-1108
The other variety for 1895 (KM 1107), with a dot after FUN, is slightly scarcer. This type was struck in years 504 and 505 of the Korean dynastic calendar. 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.
Specification: 17.2 g, copper.
Catalog reference: KM 1108.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.