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Started by Verify-12, January 13, 2014, 03:01:42 AM
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Quote from: Verify-12 on January 16, 2014, 03:26:18 PMIt's actually a very famous Korean bell that hangs at the Kyongju National Museum. Known as the 'Emille Bell', it was cast in 771 to commemorate the Silla Dynasty's King Songdok.
Quote from: Gaurav on January 21, 2014, 05:24:22 PMThanks for the articles on Korean coins! I am in Korea right now and hope to collect a few decent coins, and your articles are very helpful! Especially the shops one as I am not sure about the prices, this will be the first time I will (might) be dealing in Korean coins.
Quote from: Verify-12 on January 23, 2014, 12:36:09 AMNo problem, Gaurav.Make sure to visit Sujipbank and the other little shops in the Hoehyeon Arcade near the old Bank of Korea building. If you can, try to visit Sujipmol, which is in Anyang City. The owner is a really nice guy (Mr. Kang), and has good-condition, Key-date Korean numismatics. He doesn't speak much English, so if you speak some Korean you'll do fine. If not, maybe bring a Korean friend there for an outing (and as translator!).At least buy the latest Korean Mint set. They sell them in the Bank of Korea building (Museum) at the souvenier stand for the lowest price. Limit one per customer(!)Tell me what you pick up!Mark
Quote from: Gaurav on January 25, 2014, 03:57:42 PMFinally got an online link to the 2002 version of World Cup mint set from CStamps (not in stock at the store though). What I would like to understand is why is the second link below being quoted for twice the price, when it has one less medal and the other coins are the same. Is it only because of the packaging? Or is there a fundamental difference? http://www.cstamp.co.kr/shop/goods/goods_view.php?&goodsno=12805&category=031003http://www.cstamp.co.kr/shop/goods/goods_view.php?&goodsno=12812&category=031003EDIT: Forgot to add there is another 2002 version as I had written in the previous post (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Korea-South-2002-Coins-of-Mint-Set-/230770842778), which is what I bought for 20K. Again the same set of coins but significantl cheaper than the original mint set (70K).
Quote from: Gaurav on January 26, 2014, 07:51:24 AMThanks Verify.I did try to find a catalog, but all of them were in Korean. I will try to see again if t Dae Gwang-sa "Korean Coins and Banknotes Catalogue" (hopefully it is in English) is available.Hmm.. interesting info about the mints. From what I understand 2001 had only 1 extra set, the world cup one, whereas 2002 had 2 — world cup + a themed version, so maybe the shopkeeper was right. The 2002 World cup coin set was low mintage (relatively), still not very comfortable paying 40K for that.Also, I think they have again started minting "unofficial" sets through the Korea Money Fair. So maybe the mintage has increased again.Also how to identify matte/proof version? Is it written on the set in English? So far I haven't seen any, or have missed, even on the older sets being quoted for as much as 300K!PS: I just wish the Korean coins would be more varied with more designs and more commemoratives.PS2: Any cheap way to get 10/50/100won coins in bulk as I would like to collect 1 of each year, but would like to avoid paying a dollar (or more) for each of them.