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South Korea plans three coins marking liberation anniversary

The Bank of Korea is issuing three noncirculating commemorative coins to mark the 70th anniversary of liberation following World War II. When displayed side-by-side, the coins present a complete image.

Images courtesy of the Bank of Korea.

The Bank of Korea is commemorating the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese rule following World War II with three 2015 collector coins.

The coins are designed so that each obverse presents part of an overall design. Placed side-by-side, the coins complete an image that shows a traditional Korean gate opening to the curves of a Taegeuk symbol forming a path toward a rising sun.

Proof .999 fine silver 30,000-won and 50,000-won coins are joined by an Uncirculated brass 10,000-won piece. 

The coin reverses share a design of English inscriptions: the denomination, bank name, 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIBERATION and, in color on both silver coins, a 70 logo and GREAT JOURNEY / STEPPING FORWARD. 

The 10,000-won coin weighs 16 grams and measures 33 millimeters in diameter. The 30,000-won coin weighs 15.5 grams and measures 33 millimeters in diameter. The 50,000-won coin weighs 31.1 grams and measures 40 millimeters in diameter.

All of the coins have a mintage limit of 13,000 pieces, with 12,000 of each available in three-coin sets. 

The coins are due for release Aug. 12. 

The Bank of Korea is currently accepting orders from dealers, and will distribute the coins at the time of release.

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