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Korea, Choson (Yi) Dynasty, 1392 - 1910
Beginning in 1633 A.D., during the reign of King Injo, the famine relief "Stabilization Office" (Sangpyongchong) began to cast coins using the first two characters of the office name (sang pyong) in the inscription (sang pyong tong bo), meaning "always even universal currency." Sang pyong tong bo coins were cast from 1633 to 1891 and circulated for over 300 years. Numerous government offices and military mints produced the coins as a source of funding and many were also privately cast. The reverse of the earliest coins was blank, later reverses indicate the mint and other issue information. There are perhaps more than 5,000 varieties.
KO87040. Copper 1 mun, Velde-Hartill type
28, SCWC KM
448 ff. (all 1828 and 1857 series), Craig
LCC 6, Hullyondogam (Military Training Command) mint, weight
c. 4.55g, maximum diameter
c. 23.5mm, c. 1828 - 1866; obverse
Sang Pyong Tong Bo (always even universal currency); reverse
Hun (Hullyondogam) mintmark
above, additional characters below and left; aF or better with legible mintmark
, quality and patina
varies, some with minor flaws, bumps, scratches, encrustations, similar to the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN
Catalog current as of Tuesday, March 26, 2019.
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