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Classification Of Korean Coins

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 Posted 03/24/2020  3:52 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add apeka to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
When I am checking famous coin catalogs I see that unlike any other country the coins in Korea are classified according to public organizations.

Ministry of Industry (1685-1752) 2 Mun
Seoul Charity Office (1695-1742) 2 Mun
Ministry of Defense 1742 2 Mun

Are some examples. So in 1742 there were many 2 Mun coins in circulation of various departments, bureus and ministries? What was the point of it?

I have so few information about asian coins and I am depending on your knowledge about this. Thanks a lot.
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 Posted 03/24/2020  5:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is a large article to be found on Korean mun coinage:-

Search Google:
'Korean Mun - Wikipedia'

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 Posted 03/25/2020  07:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gxseries to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is correct. At one stage in Korea, good quality copper coins were pulled from circulation. Various departments would melt these coins down and make bronze coins and make huge profit on them.

Hence they are plentiful
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