GOCHANG HWASUN AND GANGHWA DOLMEN SITES ROYAL TOMBS Korean Cultural Heritage Set 2 Silver Coins 50000 Won Korea 2016

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This new set commemorates the Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, the location of hundreds of stone dolmen and the Royal Tombs of Joseon Dynasty, the 40 tombs of members of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. Each coin is minted in Pure Silver and has a Proof quality. The set will be shipped in an interesting presentation case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 13000 pcs.

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Specifications
Country South Korea
Year 2016
Face Value 50000 Won
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 21
Diameter (mm) 33
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 13.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
Set (pcs) 2
 
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The Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites
The prehistoric cemeteries at Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa are the sites of hundreds of dolmens, stone slab burial chambers, in the southwestern portion of the Korean Peninsula and are collectively designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Dated from the seventh to the third centuries B.C.E. and possibly earlier, the collection of dolmens in the three sites represents the greatest concentration of dolmens in Korea and in the world. They provide valuable evidence of the change in dolmen types through the centuries in north-east Asia and of the way the stones were quarried, moved to the site, and elevated into position. Among them, the many dolmens illustrate the two main types of northeast Asian dolmens: The table or northern style and the go-board or southern style. The dolmens provide the earliest archeological evidence of the Korean people's religious practices. Requiring great planning, coordination, and collaboration for their construction, the dolmens served as burial markers for tribal and spiritual leaders. Shaman priests would have conducted ceremonies invoking the spirit of the person buried there to protect the tribe.

The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty form a collection of 40 tombs scattered over 18 locations. Built over five centuries, from 1408 to 1966, the tombs honoured the memory of ancestors, showed respect for their achievements, asserted royal authority, protected ancestral spirits from evil and provided protection from vandalism. Spots of outstanding natural beauty were chosen for the tombs which typically have their back protected by a hill as they face south toward water and, ideally, layers of mountain ridges in the distance. Alongside the burial area, the royal tombs feature a ceremonial area and an entrance. In addition to the burial mounds, associated buildings that are an integral part of the tombs include a T-shaped wooden shrine, a shed for stele, a royal kitchen and a guards’ house, a red-spiked gate and the tomb keeper’s house. The grounds are adorned on the outside with a range of stone objects including figures of people and animals. The Joseon Tombs completes the 5,000 year history of royal tombs architecture in the Korean peninsula.

 
Design

The reverse of the first Silver coin depicts the Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites and in the center of the reverse, one of the tallest Dolmens at Gochang Dolmens. On the reverse of this coin, the Korean words that represents the name of the coin, the face value and the issue country, and the inscription: “2016” - the issue year.

The obverse of this coin depicts the famous stones and some old tools. In the top of this coin, the inscriptions: “Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites” – the name of the coin, “Korean Cultural Heritage” and on the bottom: “2016” – the issue year, “The Bank of Korea” – the issue country and “50000 Won” – the face value.

The reverse of the second coin depicts the Royal Tombs of Joseon Dynasty, in South Korea. On the reverse of this second coin, the Korean words that represents the name of the coin, the face value and the issue country, and the inscription: “2016” - the issue year.

The obverse of this coin depicts a kind of map with the famous tombs and specific elements. In the top of this coin, the inscriptions: “Korean Cultural Heritage Royal Tombs of Joseon Dynasty” – the name of the coin and on the bottom: “2016” – the issue year, “The Bank of Korea” – the issue country and “50000 Won” – the face value.

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