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50,000-won note

50,000won23-Jun-09 154×68 Yellow Cotton

50,000-won note
Issuance Size (mm)
Basic Color Material
Themes Shin Saimdang (1504~1551) : a writer and a painter, Mukpododo, Egg plants of Chochungdo-subyeong, Wolmaedo, Pungjukdo
Security Features Holographic Strip, Moving image in the striped band, Color Shifting Ink, Intaglio Latent Image, Security Thread, See-Through Register, Micro Lettering, Watermark, Special Press and Soldering, Intaglio Printing, Fluorescent Security Fibers, etc.

Sixth Series of 10,000-won note

10,000won 22-Jan-07 148×68 Green Cotton

50,000-won note
Issuance Size (mm)
Basic Color Material
Themes King Sejong the Great (1397~1450) : the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty and the creator of the Hunminjeongeum (the Korean script), Irworobongdo ('the Sun and the Moon, Five Mountain Peaks'), Yongbieocheonga ('Songs of Flying Dragons') / A Celestial globe (part of an armillary sphere)
Security Features Optically Variable Device, Color Shifting Ink, Intaglio Latent Image, Security Thread, See-Through Register, Micro Lettering, Watermark, Special Press and Soldering, Watermark Bars, Intaglio Printing, Fluorescent Security Fiber, etc.

Fifth Series of 5,000-won note

5,000won02-Jan-06 142×68 Red and yellow Cotton

50,000-won note
Issuance Size (mm)
Basic Color Material
Themes Yulgok Lee I (scholar, 1536~1584) : a scholar of the Joseon Dynasty, Ojukheon (Mongnyongsil) and Ojuk (black bamboos) / 'Insects and Plants' (watermelons and cockscombs) Paintings
Security Features Optically Variable Device, Color Shifting Ink, Intaglio Latent Image, Security Thread, See Through Register, Micro Lettering, Watermark, Special Press and Soldering, Watermark Bars, Intaglio Printing, Fluorescent Security Fibers, etc.

Third series of 1,000-won note

1,000won22-Jan-07 136×68 Blue Cotton

50,000-won note
Issuance Size (mm)
Basic Color Material
Themes Toegye Lee Hwang (scholar, 1501~1570) : a scholar of the Joseon Dynasty, Myeongnyundang, a Mume tree / Gyesangjeonggeodo
Security Features Windowed Security Thread, Color Shifting Ink, Intaglio Latent Image, See Through Register, Micro Lettering, Watermark, Special Press and Soldering, Intaglio Printing, Fluorescent Security Fibers, etc.

Coins

Coins are of one, five, ten, fifty, a hundred, or five hundred-won denominations but one and five won coins are not used in general circulation. Korean coins vary in size, making it easy to distinguish the different values.

  • 10-won
    10-won

    18.00 mm, Dabotap (Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju)

  • 50-won
    50-won

    21.6 mm, nickel-brass, Rice Stalk

  • 100-won
    100-won

    24.0 mm, copper-nickel, Admiral Yi Sun-shin(1545~1598) : a renowned general of the Joseon Dynasty and the inventor of the iron-clad warship known as the Geobukseon 

  • 500-won
    500-won

    26.5 mm, copper-nickel, Crane