• 1/2 Chon 2002, KM# 188, Korea, North, World of Animals, Snake
  • 1/2 Chon 2002, KM# 188, Korea, North, World of Animals, Snake
Description

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang as its capital and the largest city in the country. To the north and northwest, the country is bordered by China and by Russia along the Amnok (known as the Yalu in Chinese) and Tumen rivers, and to the south, it is bordered by South Korea, with the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two.

Obverse

Depicts the coat of arms, surrounded by the inscription "Central Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea", date below.

The coat of arms of North Korea features the Sup'ung dam under Mount Paektu and a power line as the escutcheon. The crest is a five-pointed red star. It is supported with ears of rice, bound with a red ribbon bearing the inscription "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea" in Chosongul characters. The design bears similarities to the emblem of the Soviet Union and other emblems of the socialist heraldic style.

조선민주주의인민공화국중앙은행
조선민주주의
인민공화국
2002

Reverse

Depicts Mamushi, denomination below on the left.

Gloydius blomhoffii, commonly known as the mamushi, Japanese moccasin, Japanese pit viper, Qichun snake or Japanese mamushi, is a venomous pitviper species found in China, Japan, and Korea. This species and the Okinawan habu are the most venomous snakes in Japan.

The average length of mature individuals is 45–81 cm (17¾-31⅞ inches); the longest specimen ever recorded had a length of 91 cm (36 in). The body pattern consists of a pale gray, reddish-brown, or yellow-brown background, overlaid with a series of irregularly-shaped lateral blotches. These blotches are bordered with black and often have lighter centers. The head is dark brown or black, with beige or pale-gray sides.

½

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Aluminium
Weight 2.16 g
Diameter 27.02 mm
Thickness 1.9 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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