South Korea 1984 500 won

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Korea 1984 500 won rev DSLR.jpg

This type was introduced in 1982. It is still in production as of 2012, the last date listed in the SCWC. With US$1 = 1159 won (as of April 2019), this coin has a face value of 43¢. The obverse features the Manchurian or red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis). Despite being endangered, it is revered as a symbol of good luck in Japan, Korea and China.

Recorded mintage: 70,000,000.

Specification: 7.7 g, copper-nickel, 26.5 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 27.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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