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. ~
For additional background on the two rulers of Korea, King Gojong (Emperor Kwangmu) and King Sunjong (Emperor Yung Hi), please visit the following Wikipedia articles!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gojong_of_Korea


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunjong_of_Korea


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 (King Gojong's Father)
SCARCE ISSUE / HIGHEST DENOMINATION FOR GENERAL CIRCULATION
"Sang Pyeong Tong Bo" - "Ho Da Dang Baek"



Korean Empire


Korean 1/4 Yang minted during the Year 502 of the Korean Kingdom: 1893
"Cho Son Kae Guk" Motto 




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




Korean 5 Fun minted during the 2nd Year of Kwang Mu: 1898
"Dae Han" Motto 

Japanese Protectorate

Korean 20 Chon minted during the 9th Year of Kwang Mu: 1905
"Dae Han" Motto 
Korean 1 Chon minted during the 9th Year of Kwang Mu: 1905
"Dae Han" Motto 

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





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
"Dae Han" Motto 

Korean 10 Chon minted during the 4th (and final) year of Yung Hi: 1910

"Dae Han" Motto


Korean Half Won minted during the 2nd Year of Yung Hi: 1908

"Dae Han" Motto