The Bank of Korea, which is the central bank of the host country for ‘PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games’, issues a commemorative banknote for ‘PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games’ with 2.3millions of issuing amount. The banknote is meaningful because not only it is celebrating the first Olympic Winter Games in Korea, but also it is the first commemorative banknote ever to be issued in Korea.
The obverse of the special commemorative banknote portrays seven official sports from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. One sport from each of the seven International Olympic Winter Sports Federations has been selected: Speed Skating, Curling, Ice Hockey, Ski Jumping, Biathlon, Luge, and Bobsleigh. Among these sports, Speed Skating was selected as the main feature for its special connection to the Olympic Games and Korea; it was one of the few sports in the very first Olympic Winter Games, and the first-ever sport in the Olympic Games that Team Korea competed in, at the St Moritz 1948 Winter Olympic Games. Skaters in the note are in a race, with the iconic mountainous view of Gangwon Province in the background. The official emblem for PyeongChang 2018 can be found on the armbands they are wearing, and the elements from the PyeongChang 2018 Look of the Games are captured delicately as background.
The reverse side of the commemorative banknote shows the Tiger and Pine Tree, a masterpiece by Kim Hong-do (pen name: Danwon), a Korean artist from the 18th century. Tiger is the motif of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic mascot, Soohorang, and is an integral part of Korean mythology that symbolises the strong mind of the Korean people. The Tiger and Pine Tree is one of the most acclaimed pieces of Kim Hong-do for its detailed and realistic depiction of a tiger, as if each strand of fur comes to life in the picture. The work of art is praised for having best portrayed the nature of a courageous Korean tiger, and was used in the banknote design to show the unique identities of Korean traditional art. The PyeongChang 2018 Look of the Games also found on the reverse side ties the overall design of the note together. Korean consonant ‘Hieut (ㅎ),’ from both the PyeongChang 2018 slogan ‘하나된 열정 (Passion. Connected.)’ and ‘한국 (Korea),’ is blended into the images on the reverse side.
Price : 168,000won
Issued Year: 2017/