Saturday, August 21, 2010

Korea Banknote - 2006 to 2009 Series

The current series of Korean banknotes consists of four denominations which are 1000 won, 5000 won, 10000 won and 50000 won. This new series of banknote was first introduced by Bank of Korea in 2006 with the release of 5000 won note on 2 January 2006. On the subsequent year, 1000 won and 10000 won notes were issued concurrently on 22 January 2007. The latest issuance note with the highest denomination 50000 won was launched on 23 June 2009.

1000 won

The obverse features portrait of Yi Huang on the right. Yi Huang is one of the most prominent Korean Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty. The background illustrates the Myeongryundang in Seonggyungwan. The reverse features Gyesangjeonggeodo painted by Gyeomjae Jeong Seon.

5000 won

The obverse features the portrait of Yi I. Yi I is another most prominent Korean Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty. The background illustrates the Ojukheon in Gangneung. The reverse features Chochung-do "Insects and Plants", a painting of a watermelon and cockscombs by Yi I's mother Sin Saimdang.

10000 won

The obverse features the portrait of King of Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. The background illustrates a folding screen for Joseon-era kings and text from the second chapter of Yongbieocheonga, the first work of literature written in Korean. The reverse features Globe of Honcheonsigye and Cheonsang Yeolcha Bunyajido in the background.

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