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Korean Currency

The unit of the Korean monetary system is the won, and it uses three kinds of bills and four kinds of coins. The won is traded at around 1,000 won per US dollar as of January 2006. To view detailed foreign exchange rates, click here.

 

Bills have thousand, five thousand, or ten thousand-won denominations. Differences among Korean bills are quite discernible by their different colors. The1,000 won bills are light purple, while 5,000 won bills are light brown and 10,000 won bills, light green. The vertical size of all bills is 76 mm and the horizontal sizes differ slightly.

50,000-won note

50,000-won note

50,000-won note
Issuance 23-Jun-09 Size (mm) 154×68
Basic Color Yellow Material Cotton
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.
 

10,000-won note

10,000-won note

50,000-won note
Issuance 22-Jan-07 Size (mm) 148×68
Basic Color Green Material Cotton
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

 Fifth Series of 5,000-won note

50,000-won note
Issuance 02-Jan-06 Size (mm) 142×68
Basic Color Red and yellow Material Cotton
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

Third series of 1,000-won note

50,000-won note
Issuance 22-Jan-07 Size (mm) 136×68
Basic Color Blue Material Cotton
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.

ㆍ5-won
5-won20.4 mm, brass, Geobukseon (Turtle ship)
ㆍ10-won
10-won18.00 mm, Dabotap (Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju)
ㆍ50-won
50-won21.6 mm, nickel-brass, Rice Stalk
ㆍ100-won
100-won24.0 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 
ㆍ500-won
500-won26.5 mm, copper-nickel, Crane

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