South Korea 1972 50 won
This specimen is the first coin issued by South Korea as part of the F.A.O. series and the second coin of that denomination. South Korea is today a prosperous nation filled with teenagers playing video games. However, in 1972, South Korea was still recovering from the devastation of the Korean War (1950-53) which more or less flattened the entire country. Little coinage was emitted prior to the reform of 1968. This type was issued 1972-82.
Recorded mintage: 6,000,000.
Catalog reference: KM 20.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.