Korea (1907) 10 chon

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Stack's Bowers 2019 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72421
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This specimen was lot 72421 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2019), where it sold for $720. The catalog description[1] noted, "KOREA. 10 Chon, Year 11 (1907). NGC MS-64. Scarcely seen in Mint State, this frosty near Gem example will draw significant attention from the connoisseurs of fine Korean issues. Aside for a touch of amber-russet toning on the obverse, an exceptionally blast white and sharply struck example." This type, roughly equal to a dime, was struck in 1907 in the last years of Korean independence before annexation by Japan. Korea would not recover her independence until 1945 and even then in a divided state.

Recorded mintage: 2,400,000.

Specification: 2.03 g, .800 fine silver, 18 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-1133; K&C-34.2.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The October 2019 Collector's Choice Sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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