Gold Coins and Medals From South Korea

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South Korea Gold Coins and Medals

History of South Korea Gold Coins and Medals

The Korea Minting, Security Printing, and ID Card Operation Corporation, otherwise known as KOMSCO, sprouted from a 1951 law in South Korea. It was an investment from the national treasure of South Korea. It is currently the only manufacturer of currency for the Republic of Korea and operates under the Seoul government. KOMSCO is famous worldwide for its pristine reputation of top-notch security bullion products and currency, with exports of its products going to over 40 countries worldwide.

Furthermore, KOMSCO also manufactures coins, postage stamps, certificates, national bonds, safety bonds, banknotes, and many other securities for the South Korean government. This mint operates in a high-tech facility in Daejeon. They place an extremely high priority on innovation in security technology, and research and development in the field.

Popular South Korea Gold Coins and Medals Series

Gold Chiwoo Cheonwang Coins

One of the most popular series is the Chiwoo Cheonwang series. This series replicates the many battles undertaken by the “God of War,” Chiwoo Cheonwang-- a mythical and extraordinary man in South Korean culture. Chiwoo was said to be a “Red Devil” with a demon-like quality, magical spells, weather-controlling power, and a powerful shield that wrapped around him. Each year of the series features a new design on the reverse side depicting one of Chiwoo’s many battles. The 2017 gold coin sold by Bullion Exchanges features Cheonwang ready for action—riding into battle at the head of his so-called enemies on horseback.


The popular Chiwoo Cheonwang series also started KOMSCO’s use of “1 clay.” This is a concept of measurement used in South Korea to measure a piece of land. KOMSCO states that it can refer to “soil, earth, dirt, ground, or land.”


Another popular series of gold coins from South Korea is the Zi:Sin series. This series symbolizes the 12-year cycle of the lunar calendar. Simply put, Zi:Sin means twelve guardians. These guardians are part of God’s army—protecting humans from the evils of the earth. They stand and roam in 12 directions of the planet, keeping demons and plagues at bay by wielding their powers over nature. These guardians can take human form, and when they do, they adorn helmets and carry weapons symbolizing various mythical creatures.

Tiger Medallions

This favorite series started in 2016 and features the Siberian (Korean) tiger, who is now considered endangered with only 300-500 left in the country. South Korea sees the Korean tiger as an essential symbol of their culture. Additionally, the Siberian tiger ranks among the “Four Tigers of Asia,” which also includes Japan, China, and Taiwan.

Why invest in South Korean Gold?

South Korea made quite a name for itself in 1998 when to save their country; they asked their citizens to donate their gold. People of the land stepped up, and thus South Korea kept it’s economy from collapse and started a thriving gold market. South Korea is now known for a superb gold sector—with physical investment gold availability, spot and futures trading, and various worldwide recognized refineries producing investment gold bars, coins, and medals. South Korea also imposes standards such as 99.99% fineness and 1 kg or more. Furthermore, gold continues to play a significant role in South Korean culture, as many recognize gold plays a vital role as an investment opportunity and for financial security.


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