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North Korea to Issue Collector Coins Commemorating Kim Jong II
« on: December 31, 2011, 03:09:00 PM »
N. Korea to issue gold, silver coins in honor of late leader

2011/12/31 10:19 KST

SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Saturday it will issue gold and silver coins to mark the 20th anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il's ascension to the supreme commander of the communist nation's armed forces.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency made the announcement minutes after Kim's successor son, Jong-un, took over the supreme commandership in a strong sign that the young son, believed to be in his late 20s, is rapidly solidifying power.

The commandership is one of the titles that the late leader held before his death on Dec. 17, along with the general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party and the chairman of the National Defense Commission.

Kim Jong-un is expected to assume the other posts as well.

KCNA said the coin issuance is to mark the late leader's "immortal achievements" of making North Korea an invincible military power with nuclear weapons that no enemy can dare touch under his "songun" or military-first leadership, and to keep such feats "shining through generations."

The gold coins will be minted 35 millimeters in diameter, 2mm thick, while silver ones will be 40mm in diameter and 3mm thick, KCNA said.

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Re: North Korea to Issue Collector Coins Commemorating Kim Jong II
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2011, 03:19:07 PM »
And the really curious part, practically nobody in the DPRK can afford to purchase the coins, let alone be permitted to own something made of precious metal.
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Re: North Korea to Issue Collector Coins Commemorating Kim Jong II
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2011, 06:03:01 PM »
I hope Puppy Kim will insist on a hamburger in the design, because Pappy Kim invented it. In fact, Puppy Kim seems to like Hamburgers as well, judging from the dimensions of his body. Will the coins be struck at the Hamburg mint (which is of course in North Korea?)

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Re: North Korea to Issue Collector Coins Commemorating Kim Jong II
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2011, 06:54:31 PM »
Oh, be nice. The Greatest Leader and Supremest Commander Of Them All will smile on those "coins".

The portrait of a smiling Kim Jong-il in marshal's uniform will appear on the front of the coins with the words, "The 20th anniversary of great Comrade Kim Jong-il's assumption of the supreme commandership of the KPA." The back of the coins will be engraved with the star of marshal at the center and "DPRK Central Bank" around the top. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2011kim/2011-12/31/content_14365800.htm  Interesting that it is not his death that is commemorated but his "army commandership" jubilee.

Side note - Here is an interesting "job opening ad" in German: http://twitpic.com/7y9whm/full (During the Cold War, the IGFM used to be a "right leaning" human rights watchdog, focusing on communist countries, but that has changed.) Another recommended site (which you may already know though) is Kim looking at things: http://kimjongillookingatthings.tumblr.com/

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