Clay Irving Collection - Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea)

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Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea) Notes

The won became the currency of North Korea on December 6, 1947, replacing the Korean yen that was still in circulation.

North Korean won are intended exclusively for North Korean citizens, and the Bank of Trade issued a separate currency — or foreign exchange certificates (FECs) — for visitors, like many other socialist states. However, North Korea made two varieties of foreign exchange certificates, one for visitors from "socialist countries" which were colored red, and the other for visitors from "capitalist countries" which were colored blue/green. In recent times, FECs have been largely depreciated in favor of visitors paying directly with hard currency, especially the euro.

North Korea Central Bank

1947 Issue - First Won

After the division of Korea in 1945, North Korea continued using the Korean yen for 2 years until the Central Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was established on December 6, 1947 and a new currency was issued. Banknotes of this issue came in 15, 20 and 50 chon, and 1, 5, 10 and 100 won in 1947.

1 won = 100 chon

P5 - 15 Chon
Front: Denomination
Back:
Size: 86 x 44 mm

P6 - 20 Chon
Front: Denomination
Back:
Size: 85 x 44 mm

P7 - 50 Chon
Front: Denomination
Back:
Size: 104 x 54 mm

P8 - 1 Won
Front: Worker and farmer at center right
Back: Mountain at center
Size: 115 x 61 mm

P9 - 5 Won
Front: Worker and farmer at left center
Back: Mountain
Size: 129 x 70 mm

P10A - 10 Won
Front: Worker and farmer at center right
Back: Mountain at center
Size: 138 x 74 mm

P11 - 100 Won
Front: Worker and farmer at center right
Back: Mountain at center
Size: 170 x 95 mm


Central Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

1959 Issue - Second Won

1947 First Won notes were replaced with the second in 1959 at a rate of one new won to 100 old won.

P12 - 50 Chon
Front: Denomination at right, arms at left
Back: Denomination at center, ornamental designs
Watermark: Jagged lines
Size: 130 x 60 mm

P13 - 1 Won
Front: Fishing boat at center, arms at upper left
Back: Denomination at center, ornamental designs
Watermark: Jagged lines
Size: 150 x 65 mm

P14 - 5 Won
Front: Building at center, arms at upper left
Back: Denomination at center, ornamental designs
Watermark: Jagged lines
Size: 154 x 68 mm

P15 - 10 Won
Front: Temple at center, arms at upper left
Back: Woman picking fruit at center
Watermark: Jagged lines
Size: 158 x 72 mm

P16 - 50 Won
Front: Bridge at center, arms at left center
Back: Woman with an armfull of wheat at center
Watermark: Jagged lines
Size: 193 x 90 mm

P17 - 100 Won
Front: Factory and steam train at center, arms at left center
Back: River and mountains at center
Watermark: Jagged lines
Size: 225 x 95 mm

This is a huge banknote!


1978 Issue

For the 1978 banknote series, foreign certificates (FECs) were implemented by overstamp and serial number color, except for the 100 Won Kim Il Sung value which was not given to foreigners:

Variation of the 1978 Series
Overstamp Serial number color Target users
a - None 1 red, 1 black General circulation
b - Green with Korean text 2 black Socialist visitors 1983
c - Red with Korean text 2 red Capitalist visitors 1983
d - Red guilloché with value 2 red Capitalist visitors 1986
e - Blue guilloché with value 2 black Socialist visitors 1986

P18a - 1 Won
Issued for General Circulation
Front: Two adults and two children at center, arms at upper left
Back: Soldier at left, woman with flowers at center, woman at right
Size: 129 x 65 mm

P18b - 1 Won
Issued for Socialist vistors
Front: Two adults and two children at center, arms at upper left
Back: Soldier at left, woman with flowers at center, woman at right, green seal with Korean text at lower left
Size: 129 x 65 mm

P18c - 1 Won
Issued for non-Socialist vistors
Front: Two adults and two children at center, arms at upper left
Back: Soldier at left, woman with flowers at center, woman at right, red seal with Korean text at lower left
Size: 129 x 65 mm

P18e - 1 Won
Issued for Socialist vistors
Front: Two adults and two children at center, arms at upper left
Back: Soldier at left, woman with flowers at center, woman at right, blue guilloché with value at lower left
Size: 129 x 65 mm

Coat of Arms of North Korea

The coat of arms of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea bears the design of a hydroelectric power plant under Mount Paektu and bearing the beaming light of a five-pointed red star, with ears of rice forming an oval frame, bound with a red ribbon bearing the inscription "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea" in Hangul characters.

This coat of arms follows the basic design guidelines of the coat of arms of the Soviet Union adopted in many other countries, which clearly indicates the relations between the communist ideology and the foundation of the country at the beginning of the Cold War.

P19a - 5 Won
Issued for General Circulation (North Korean citizens)
Front: Worker with book and gear and woman with wheat at center symbolizing industry and agriculture, city view with factories in background, arms at upper left
Back: Taebaek Mountains with waterfalls with Mt. Gumgang at center
Size: 140 x 70 mm

P19b - 5 Won
Issued for Socialist Visitors, 1983
Front: Worker with book and gear and woman with wheat at center symbolizing industry and agriculture, city view with factories in background, arms at upper left
Back: Taebaek Mountains with waterfalls with Mt. Gumgang at center, green seal with Korean text at lower left
Size: 140 x 70 mm

P19c - 5 Won
Issued for Non-Socialist vistors, 1983
Front: Worker with book and gear and woman with wheat at center symbolizing industry and agriculture, city view with factories in background, arms at upper left
Back: Taebaek Mountains with waterfalls with Mt. Gumgang at center, red seal with Korean text at lower left
Size: 140 x 70 mm

P19d - 5 Won
Issued for non-Socialist vistors, 1986
Front: Worker with book and gear and woman with wheat at center symbolizing industry and agriculture, city view with factories in background, arms at upper left
Back: Taebaek Mountains with waterfalls with Mt. Gumgang at center, red guilloché with value at lower left
Size: 140 x 70 mm

P19e - 5 Won
Issued for Socialist vistors, 1986
Front: Worker with book and gear and woman with wheat at center symbolizing industry and agriculture, city view with factories in background, arms at upper left
Back: Taebaek Mountains with waterfalls with Mt. Gumgang at center, blue guilloché with value at lower left
Size: 140 x 70 mm

P20a - 10 Won
Issued for general circulation
Front: Winged equistrian statue "Chollima" in Pyongyang at center, arms at upper left, red and black serial numbers
Back: Waterfront factories, green seal at upper right
Size: 150 x 74 mm

P20b - 10 Won
Issued for Socialist vistors
Front: Winged equistrian statue "Chollima" in Pyongyang at center, arms at upper left
Back: Waterfront factories, green seal at upper right
Size: 149 x 74 mm

Chollima

The Chollima Statue was inaugurated on April 15, 1961 on the occasion of the 49th birthday of President Kim Il Sung. The statue is 46 m. high from its base to the highest point, and the sculpture itself is 14 m. high and 16 m long.

The Chollima was a winged horse said to cover 1,000 miles in a day and represents "...the heroic mettle and indominatable spirit of our people who are making ceaseless innovations and continuous advances in the spirit of Chollima..." After the devastation of the Korean War the Korean people had to rebuild everything from scratch. It was said that they had to take ten steps forward when others took one step, and one hundred steps when others took ten steps. This led President Kim Il Sung to exhort the people to create an upsurge in socialist construction under the slogan "rush at the speed of Chollima."

P20c - 10 Won
Issued for Capitalist vistors
Front: Winged equistrian statue "Chollima" in Pyongyang at center, arms at upper left, red serial numbers
Back: Waterfront factories, red seal at upper right
Size: 150 x 75 mm

P20d - 10 Won
Issued for Capitalist vistors
Front: Winged equistrian statue "Chollima" in Pyongyang at center, arms at upper left, red serial numbers
Back: Waterfront factories, red guilloché with value at upper left
Size: 150 x 75 mm

P20e - 10 Won
Issued for Socialist vistors
Front: Winged equistrian statue "Chollima" in Pyongyang at center, arms at upper left, red serial numbers
Back: Waterfront factories, blue guilloché with value at upper left
Size: 150 x 75 mm

P21a - 50 Won
Issued for General Circulation
Front: Soldier with man holding torch, woman holding wheat, man with book at center, arms at upper left, black serial number at left, red serial number at right
Back: Lake scene at center
Size: 160 x 80 mm

P21c - 50 Won
Issued for non-Socialist vistors
Front: Soldier with man holding torch, woman holding wheat, man with book at center, arms at upper left
Back: Lake scene at center, red seal at lower right
Size: 160 x 80 mm

P21e - 50 Won
Issued for Socialist vistors
Front: Soldier with man holding torch, woman holding wheat, man with book at center, arms at upper left
Back: Lake scene at center, blue guilloché and value of note at lower right
Size: 160 x 80 mm

P22 - 100 Won Note
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, arms at upper left
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Size: 170 x 85 mm

Kim Il Sung
깅밀성

Kim Il-sung (15 April 1912 - 8 July 1994) was a Korean communist politician who led North Korea from its founding in 1948 until his death. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to his death. He was also the General Secretary of the Workers Party of Korea.

During his tenure as leader of North Korea, he ruled the nation with autocratic power and established an all-pervasive cult of personality. From the mid-1960s, he promoted his self-developed Juche variant of communist national organisation. Following his death in 1994, he was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-il. North Korea officially refers to Kim Il-sung as the "Great Leader" (Suryong in Korean 수령) and he is designated in the constitution as the country's "Eternal President". His birthday is a public holiday in North Korea.


1988 "Capitalist Vistor" Issue

In 1988, the Bank of Trade (as opposed to the Central Bank) issued two unique series of foreign certificates. They both included 1 chon, 5 chon, 10 chon, 50 chon, 1 won, 5 won, 10 won, and 50 won. The series for "capitalist visitors" was blue-green, while the series for "socialist visitors" was pink. The chon notes had a simple design of patterns and the values, while the socialist won notes depict the International Friendship Exhibition, and the capitalist won notes depict the Chollima statue.

P24 - 5 Chon
Front: Denomination at center, arms at upper left
Back: Denomination
Size: 100 x 45 mm

P25 - 10 Chon
Front: Denomination at center, arms at upper left
Back: Denomination
Size: 100 x 45 mm

P27 - 1 Won
Front: Chollima at center, arms at upper left
Back: Denomination
Size: 110 x 55 mm

P28 - 5 Won
Front: Chollima at center, arms at upper right corner
Back: Denomination
Size: 120 x 60 mm

P30 - 50 Won
Front: Chollima at center, arms at upper right corner
Back: Denomination
Size: 120 x 60 mm


1988 "Socialist Vistor" Issue

P31 - 1 Chon
Front: Denomination at center, arms at upper right
Back: Denomination
Size: 100 x 45 mm

P32 - 5 Chon
Front: Denomination at center, arms at upper right
Back: Denomination
Size: 100 x 45 mm

P33 - 10 Chon
Front: Denomination at center, arms at upper right
Back: Denomination
Size: 100 x 45 mm

P34 - 50 Chon
Front: Denomination at center, arms at upper right
Back: Denomination
Size: 100 x 45 mm

P35 - 1 Won
Front: Temple at center left, arms at upper right, olive branch on globe at right
Back: Denomination at center, olive branch on globe at left
Size: 111 x 55 mm

P36 - 5 Won
Front: Temple at center left, arms at upper right, olive branch on globe at right
Back: Denomination at center, olive branch on globe at left
Size: 120 x 60 mm

P37 - 10 Won
Front: Temple at center left, arms at upper right, olive branch on globe at right
Back: Denomination at center, olive branch on globe at left
Size: 130 x 65 mm

P38 - 50 Won
Front: Temple at center left, arms at upper right, olive branch on globe at right
Back: Denomination at center, olive branch on globe at left
Size: 140 x 70 mm


1992 Second Won Issue

1992 Second Won Issue notes were issued from 1992 until December 2009

P39s (CS2) - 1 Won, 1992
Specimen Note
Front: Young woman with flower basket at center right, arms at upper left
Back: Mt. Gumgang
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 115 x 55 mm

견본 indicates "Specimen" in Korean.

P-40s (CS2) - 5 Won, 1992
Specimen Note
Front: Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang at upper right, Mangyongdae School Childrens' Palace in Pyongyangi at center left, students and pupils at center, symbol of an atom and nuclear power at upper left center, arms at upper left
Back: Grand Peoples Study House on Mansan Hill in Pyongyang
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 125 x 60 mm

P40 - 5 Won, 1992
Front: Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang at upper right, Mangyongdae School Childrens' Palace in Pyongyangi at center left, students and pupils at center, symbol of an atom and nuclear power at upper left center, arms at upper left
Back: Grand Peoples Study House on Mansan Hill in Pyongyang
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 124 x 60 mm

P41s (CS2) - 10 Won, 1992
Specimen Note
Front: Factory worker, winged equestrian statue ("Chollima") at center right, factories in the background at lower right, arms at upper left
Back: Flood gates
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 135 x 66 mm

P-42s (CS2) - 50 Won, 1992
Specimen Note`
Front: Juche Tower at center left, young professionals at center right, arms at upper right
Back: Landscape of pine trees and mountains
Watermark: Top of Juche Tower
Size: 145 x 70 mm

P42 - 50 Won, 1992
Front: Juche Tower at center left, young professionals at center right, star at upper left mirror-images star on back at upper right, arms at upper right
Back: Landscape of pine trees and mountains
Watermark: Top of Juche Tower
Size: 144 x 70 mm

Juche Tower

In 1982, on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the late President Kim Il Sung, the Tower of Juche Idea was erected in the heart of the capital city, Pyongyang. Made of well-dressed white granite, it was designed in a unique traditional Korean fashion of stone tower construction and executed in a grand yet graceful modern style of formative art.

The body of the 150-meter tall tower symbolizing the late President Kim Il Sung's ideological contributions is capped by a 20-meter high torch as a symbol of the rays of Juche. In front of it there is a 30 meter high trio group of worker, peasant and working intellectual which displays the spirit of north Koreans forging vigorously ahead under the banner of the Workers' Party.

P43s (CS2) - 100 Won, 1992
Specimen Note
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, flower design at upper left is mirror-image of flower design on back at upper right, arms at center left
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang
Size: 155 x 75 mm

P43 - 100 Won, 1992
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, flower design at upper left is mirror-image of flower design on back at upper right, arms at center left
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang
Size: 155 x 75 mm

P48s - 200 Won, 2005
Specimen Note
Front: Magnolia flowers, the National Flower of North Korea, at center, arms at upper center left
Back: Large value at center
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 140 x 72 mm

P48 - 200 Won, 2005
Front: Magnolia flowers, the National Flower of North Korea, at center, arms at upper center left
Back: Large value at center
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 140 x 72 mm

P44s2 - 500 Won, 1998
Specimen Note
Front: Kumsusan Memorial Palace, arms at upper left, roung ornamental design at upper right is mirror-image of the round ornamental design on the back at upper left
Back: Suspension bridge
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 75 mm

P45 - 1000 Won, 2002
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, arms at center left
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 74 mm

P46 - 5000 Won, 2002
Specimen Note
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, arms at center left, dark background banner beneath denomination on bottom right and left front extends to note's edge
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 74 mm


2006 Second Won Issue

1000 Won, 2006
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, arms at center left, dark background banner beneath denomination on bottom right and left front does not extend to note's edge
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 74 mm

5000 Won, 2006
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, arms at center left, dark background banner beneath denomination on bottom right and left front does not extend to note's edge
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 74 mm


2007 Commemorative Issue for the 95th Birthday of Chairman Kim Il Sung

Kim Il Sung was born on 15 April 1912. To commemorate the event is a complete set of Second Won Issue notes with Korean overprint translated as "Great Leader Kim Il Sung Comrade Birth 95th".

1 Won, 1992
Front: Young woman with flower basket at center right, commemorative Korean text at upper center, arms at upper left
Back: Mt. Gumgang
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 115 x 55 mm

5 Won, 1992
Front: Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang at upper right, Mangyongdae School Childrens' Palace in Pyongyangi at center left, students and pupils at center, symbol of an atom and nuclear power at upper left center, commemorative Korean text at upper center, arms at upper left
Back: Grand Peoples Study House on Mansan Hill in Pyongyang
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 125 x 60 mm

10 Won, 1998
Front: Factory worker, winged equestrian statue ("Chollima") at center right, factories in the background at lower right, commemorative Korean text at upper right, arms at upper left
Back: Flood gates
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 135 x 66 mm

50 Won, 1992
Front: Juche Tower at center left, young professionals at center right, commemorative Korean text at upper left, star at upper left mirror-images star on back at upper right, arms at upper right
Back: Landscape of pine trees and mountains
Watermark: Top of Juche Tower
Size: 145 x 70 mm

100 Won, 1992
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, commemorative Korean text at upper left, flower design at upper left is mirror-image of flower design on back at upper right, arms at center left
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang
Size: 155 x 75 mm

200 Won, 2005
Front: Magnolia flowers, the National Flower of North Korea, at center, commemorative Korean text at upper left, arms at upper center left
Back: Large value at center
Watermark: winged equestrian statue ("Chollima")
Size: 139 x 72 mm

500 Won, 2007
Front: Kumsusan Memorial Palace, commemorative Korean text at upper center, arms at upper left, roung ornamental design at upper right is mirror-image of the round ornamental design on the back at upper left
Back: Suspension bridge
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 75 mm

1000 Won, 2006
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, commemorative Korean text at left center, ornamental flower design at upper left mirror-images flower design on back at upper right, arms at center left
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 74 mm

5000 Won, 2006
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, commemorative Korean text at left center, ornamental flower design at upper left mirror-images flower design on back at upper right, arms at center left
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 74 mm


2008 Commemorative Issue for the 60th Anniversary of North Korea

After the defeat of the Japanese occupying troops in WWII, the Korean peninsula was divided by the allies, with the Soviets controlling the north and the United States controlling the south. In 1948, two ideologically opposed Korean nations - the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) - were created.

For the 60th anniversary of the country in 2008, commemorative notes were issued — They are 2002 Issue notes with an overprint of Korean text.

500 Won, 1998
Front: Kumsusan Memorial Palace, commemorative Korean text at upper center, arms at upper left, roung ornamental design at upper right is mirror-image of the round ornamental design on the back at upper left
Back: Suspension bridge
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 75 mm

1000 Won, 2002
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, commemorative Korean text at left center, arms at center left
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 74 mm

5000 Won, 2002
Front: Kim Il Sung at center right, commemorative Korean text at left center, arms at center left
Back: Birthplace of Kim Il Sung in Mangyongdae-guyok at center
Watermark: Arch of Triumph
Size: 155 x 74 mm


2009 Third Won Issue

In December 2009, the government of North Korea devalued its currency in a bid to stem runaway inflation. North Korea announced on state radio that the exchange rate would be set at 100 old won to 1 new won, and residents were only allowed to exchange 150,000 won for the new currency. Cash in excess of the allowed amount must be stored in government-run banks.

The current series of banknotes of the third won are issued in values of 5, 10, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, and 5000 won. Kim Il-sung is depicted only on the front of the highest denomination, with the 100 won note featuring the Magnolia (the National Flower) and other notes depicting generic people or various monuments in North Korea. The exchange rate was 100 second won to 1 third won

On the bills of 5, 10, and 50 won there is the issuing year, which happens to be "Juche 91, 2002." Therefore, there is a high possibility that they were printed in 2002 when the July 1st Economic Management Reform Measures were adopted. However, on bills worth 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, and 5000, "Juche 97, 2008" was printed as the issuing year.

In fact, there were rumors almost every year that a redenomination would be carried out, so there is the possibility that the authorities produced the new denominations in 2002 and have been waiting for the appropriate time to release them. Indeed, in July, 2002, one of the key reasons why prices soared and the currency lost so much value was a rumored redenomination.

There is one more possibility: that North Korea wants to emphasize the year 2002 as the starting point of the "new economic management system." In the future, were the North Korean economy to be stable, then the authorities would be able to imply that that stability was the result of the July 1st Economic Management Reform Measure.

5 Won, 2002
Front: A scientist and a student at center right, arms at upper left
Back: Hydroelectric dam at center
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 145 x 65 mm

10 Won, 2002
Front: Soldiers of Air Force, Navy, and Army at center right, arms at upper left
Back: Monument to Victory in the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War in Pyongyang at center
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 145 x 65 mm

Monument to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War
The site was constructed in 1993 to mark the end of the active hostilities of the Korean War. It is a white stone park of bronze sculptures depicting various battles of that war. It is dedicated to the "Korean People's Army and Korean people who defeated the US imperialists and its allies during the Fatherland Liberation War."

The intended highlight of the monument is a bronze soldier shouting "hurry" in the direction of the Ryugyong Hotel. This monument is based on Berlin's Victory Tower which was erected following Prussian defeat of the French in 19th Century Europe.

50 Won, 2002
Front: An engineer, a farmer, and a working intellectual at center right, arms at upper left, flame on the top of Juche Tower in background at center left
Back: Monument to the Founding of the North Korean Workers' Party in Pyongyang at center
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 145 x 65 mm

Monument to the Founding of the North Korean Workers' Party
Commissioned by Kim Il-sung, the monument consists of the 50m-towers which depict a hammer, sickle and writing-brush held by the worker, peasant and intellectual symbolic of the components of the WPK, a circular band on which the slogan "Long live the Workers' Party of Korea which organizes and guides all victories for the Korean people!" is embossed and the foundation which means the long history of the Party.

100 Won, 2008
Issue Date: 30 November 2009
Front: Mongnan (Seibold's magnolia) at center, arms at upper left corner
Back: Denomination at center
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 146 x 65 mm

200 Won, 2008
Issue Date: 30 November 2009
Front: Collima at center, arms at upper left corner
Back: Denomination at center
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 146 x 65 mm

500 Won, 2008
Issue Date: 30 November 2009
Front: Arch of Triumph at center, arms at upper left corner
Back: Denomination at center
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 146 x 65 mm

1000 Won, 2008
Issue Date: 30 November 2009
Front: House in Hoiryeong which is the birthplace of Kim Jong Suk, Kim Il Sung's first wife and Kim Jong Il's mother, arms at upper left corner
Back: Birch trees on the shore of Samji Lake at center
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 146 x 65 mm

2000 Won, 2008
Issue Date: 30 November 2009
Front: Log cabin on Baekdu Mountain, Jong Il Peak, which is the birthpace of Kim Jong Il, arms at upper left corner
Back: Baekdu Mountain at center
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 146 x 64 mm

5000 Won, 2008
Specimen Note
Issue Date: 30 November 2009
Front: Kim Il-sung
Back: Mangyongdae
Watermark: Mongnan (Seibold's Magnolia) flower
Size: 145 x 65 mm