South Korea 1983 5 won

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Korea 1983 5 won rev DSLR.jpg

This specimen was the first issue of this type, which 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 two fifths of a cent. The turtle boat featured on the obverse was used by the Korean navy in medieval times to ward off attempted Japanese invasions.

Recorded mintage: 6,000,000.

Specification: 2.95 g, brass, 20.4 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 32.


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

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