Korean Kings and Emperors - Kwangmu and Yunghi (And Their Coins!)



~For the series on Korean Coins from her Dynastic, Empire, and Protectorate eras, there are two kings (and an eventual emperor) that are worth noting. ~

1) King Gojong/Kojong or Emperor Kwangmu/Gwangmu 



Reign as King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty: 1863-1897
Reign as Emperor Kwangmu of the Korean Empire: 1897-1907

Depicted as Last King of Joseon Korea                     Depicted as 1st Emperor of the Korean Empire





Coins of the Gojong and Kwangmu Reign were minted during the Korean Dynastic, Empire, and the Protectorate Era. 

Joseon Dynasty


Korean 100 Mun from 1867-1868 during the reign of the Regent Heungson Daewongeun (Gojong's Father)


Korean Empire

Korean 1/4 Yang minted during the Year 502 of the Korean Kingdom: 1893

Korean 1/4 Yang minted during the 2nd Year of Kwang Mu: 1898


Korean 5 Fun minted during the 2nd Year of Kwang Mu: 1898

Japanese Protectorate

Korean 20 Chon minted during the 9th Year of Kwang Mu: 1905


Korean 1/2 Won minted during the 9th Year of Kwang Mu: 1905

Korean 1 Chon minted during the 9th Year of Kwang Mu: 1905


2) King Sunjong or Emperor Yung Hi or Yung Hee



Reign as King Sunjong of the Joseon Dynasty and the Second and Last Emperor of the Korean Empire: 1907-1910


                    Depicted as Emperor of the Korean Empire

























Coins of the Yung Hi Reign were minted during the Korean Protectorate Era. 

Korean 10 Chon minted during the 2nd Year of Yung Hi: 1908

Korean 10 Chon minted during the 4th and final year of Yung Hi: 1910
                                       
Korean Half Won minted during the 2nd Year of Yung Hi: 1908