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31 g North Korean Silver Coin mix

Tavex has a rare opportunity to present eight different designs of 31 g North Korean silver coins The obverses of coins portray the coat of arms of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Modern proof coins are minted in the Central Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the "Fu Qiang" National Mint. These coins present an exceptional chance to take a peek at this closed country's engraving art.

These exclusive silver coins have the face value of 20 won and are crafted in 99.9% pure silver, coins weight 31 g (0.99667 oz) just like North Korean gold coins sold by Tavex. Reportedly the mintage of North Korean coins is very limited. Consequently, any collector who is keen on adding some extremely rare coins to his collection should seriously consider buying these beautiful North Korean silver coins. All the coins are bought from Europe and are from the period before economic and commercial sanctions on North Korea were imposed.

When making an order, please indicate which of the coins you would like to buy. Silver coins may have some spots caused by ageing.

Perfect as an investment and collectible


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  • North Korean 31 g silver coins are extremely rare. Tavex is exclusively offering a very small amount of silver coins with eight different designs.
  • North Korean 31 g silver coins are made of .999 fine silver. A combination of high silver purity together with artistic design bring out the fine silver colour of these exclusive coins.  
  • North Korean 31 g silver coins are true masterpieces in silver. Coins are minted in high quality, presenting truly the finest details.
  • North Korean 31 g silver coins are suitable for collectors. These uncommon silver coins make a perfect complement to every coin collection.

Accipiter Gentilis

The reason for depicting Accipiter Gentilis on the gold coin is the fact that the northern goshawk is North Korean national bird. The goshawk is often considered a "true hawk", as it is a medium-large raptor in the family Accipitridae. The bird inhabits the northern and central parts of the peninsula and sometimes migrates to the southern part of the country in winter. Historically, Koreans have used the goshawk to hunt pheasants, pigeons and hares. Actually, the scientific name Accipiter Gentilis, which means 'noble hawk' in Latin, derives from words 'accipere' ("to grasp"), and 'gentilis' ("noble" or "gentle"), because in the Middle Ages only the nobility were permitted to fly goshawks for falconry.

 

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus, from Greek hali "sea", aiētos "eagle", leuco "white", cephalos "head") is a bird of prey. These regal birds aren’t really bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. The plumage of an adult bald eagle is evenly dark brown with a white head and tail. The tail is moderately long and slightly wedge-shaped. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting. The bald eagle is an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish, which it swoops down and snatches from the water with its talons.

 

Chrysolophus pictus

The golden pheasant or Chinese pheasant is a gamebird of the order Galliformes (gallinaceous birds) and the family Phasianidae (pheasants). The genus name is from Ancient Greek khrusolophos, "with golden crest", and pictus is Latin for "painted" from pingere, "to paint". They feed on the ground on grain, leaves and invertebrates, but they roost in trees at night. It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China, but feral populations have been established in few places around the world. The adult male is 90–105 cm in length, its tail accounting for two-thirds of the total length. It is unmistakable with its golden crest and rump and bright red body. The deep orange "cape" can be spread in display, appearing as an alternating black and orange fan that covers all of the face except its bright yellow eye. The female (hen) is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage. While they can fly clumsily in short bursts, they prefer to run and spend most of their time on the ground. 

 

Grus Japonensis

The red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis), also called the Japanese crane (or Manchurian crane), is a large East Asian crane among the rarest cranes in the world. In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity, and fidelity. Adult red-crowned cranes are named for a patch of red bare skin on the crown, which becomes brighter during mating season. Overall, they are snow white in color with black on the wing secondaries, which can appear almost like a black tail when the birds are standing, but the real tail feathers are actually white.

 

Horse

In various horse stories from around the world, horses symbolize fertility, prosperity and the mysterious. Horses have very special place in Asian culture. One of the reasons for depicting a horse on the gold coin is that a Chollima (also Qianlima or Senrima, literally "thousand-mile horse") is a mythical winged horse that originates from the Chinese classics and is commonly portrayed in East Asian cultures. This winged horse is said to be too swift and elegant to be mounted (by any mortal man).

Chollima is an important symbol in North Korea. It gave its name to the Chollima Movement, which promoted fast economic development, similar to that of the Chinese Great Leap Forward and the Soviet Stakhanovite movement. After the Korean War, the country required rebuilding to function again. In order to expedite the construction, President devised the slogan "rush as the speed of Chollima". Several statues are found of this creature in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. The Chollima Statue symbolizes "heroism, the constant, fighting spirit of the Korean people, and the innovations and advance so quickly, at the speed of the Chollima".

The Horse is also one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. There is a long tradition of the horse in Chinese mythology. Certain characteristics of the Horse nature are supposed to be typical of or to be associated with either a year of the Horse and its events, or in regard to the personality of someone born in such a year.

 

Strix Aluco

The tawny owl or brown owl (Strix aluco) is a stocky, medium-sized owl commonly found in woodlands across much of Eurasia. Its underparts are pale with dark streaks, and the upperparts are either brown or grey. The nest is typically in a tree hole where it can protect its eggs and young against potential predators. 

Although many people believe this owl has exceptional night vision, its retina is no more sensitive than a human's and its asymmetrically placed ears are key to its hunting by giving it excellent directional hearing. Its nocturnal habits and eerie, easily imitated call, have led to a mythical association of the tawny owl with bad luck and death. Some cultures on the other hand see the spark of sapience in owl's big round eyes, owl has become a symbol of wisdom. This may stem from a myth that Athena, the goddess of wisdom was also accompanied by this mysterious bird.

 

Blue Dragon

Blue Dragon (also known as Azure and Bluegreen Dragon) is one of the Dragon Gods who represent the mount or chthonic forces of the Five Forms of the Highest Deity. He is also one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations, which are the astral representations of the Wufang Shangdi. The Blue Dragon represents the east and the spring season. In Korea, the murals of the Goguryeo tombs found at Uhyon-ni in South Pyongan province features the Azure Dragon and the other mythological creatures of the four symbols. The Azure Dragon appears as a door god at Taoist temples. 

Dragons in Korean mythology are primarily benevolent beings related to water and agriculture, often considered bringers of rain and clouds. Hence, many Korean dragons are said to have resided in rivers, lakes, oceans, or even deep mountain ponds. The symbol of the dragon has been used extensively, both in Korean mythology and ancient Korean art.

 

Hunting

The earliest evidence of crossbows comes from ancient China in the form of crossbow triggers dating back to the 6th century BC. According to Sir Joseph Needham in his Science and Civilisation in China, it is not possible to pinpoint exactly which of the East Asian peoples invented the crossbow. However, there is unquestionable evidence that the crossbow was used for military purposes at least as far back as the Warring States period from the second half of the 4th century BC onwards. Many archaeological specimens of the crossbow (ranging from 2 to 1 BC) were excavated near Pyongyang.

Face value descriptionFinenessSilver weight in gramsProduct weight in gramsSilver weight in Troy ouncesManufacturer country
20 North Korean Won99931310.99667North Korea

The obverse portrays the national emblem of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which bears the design of a grand hydroelectric power station under Mt. Paektu, the sacred mountain of the revolution, and the beaming light of a five-pointed red star, with ears of rice forming an oval frame, bound with a ribbon bearing the inscription "The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea". The coat of arms is surrounded by the text '조선 민주주의 인민 공화국 중앙 은행' which means the Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, silver content 999, weight 31 g, face value 20 won (원) and the year of the mintage.

The reverse of different coins:

  • The powerful figure of North Korean national bird, northern goshawk. Above the image is the name of the bird in Latin - ACCIPITER GENTILIS.
  • The bald eagle on guard. Below the eagle is text 'BALD EAGLE'.
  • The graceful figure of flying red-crowned crane, also called the Japanese crane. Above is image is the name of the bird in Latin - GRUS JAPONENSIS.
  • The powerful figure of a horse running in the meadow. Below the image is the text HORSE.
  • An old tawny owl sitting on a branch of a tree with two young birds. Beneath the image is the name of the bird in Latin - STRIX ALUCO.
  • Two lovely golden pheasants walking in grass. In the center of the coin is the name of the birds in latin - CHRYSOLOPHUS PICTUS.
  • An ancient hunter riding a horse and shooting a bow. Above the hunter is text 'HUNTING. KOGURYO PERIOD. 4TH CENT.', below is the year of the mintage.
  • An effigy of a dragon. Above the image is text 'BLUE DRAGON', below 'THE CENTURY VII' and the year of the mintage.

Each coin is individually packaged in a hard plastic capsule.

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