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  • 1/2 Chon 2002, KM# 187, Korea, North, World of Animals, Helmeted Guineafowl
  • 1/2 Chon 2002, KM# 187, Korea, North, World of Animals, Helmeted Guineafowl

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.


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.



Depicts a helmeted guineafowl right, denomination below right.

The helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) is a bird native to Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, and has been widely introduced into the West Indies, Brazil, Australia and Europe (e.g. southern France).

The helmeted guineafowl is a large 53 to 58 centimetres (21 to 23 in) bird with a round body and small head. They weigh about 1.3 kilograms (2.9 lb). The body plumage is gray-black spangled with white. Like other guineafowl, this species has an unfeathered head. In this species it is decorated with a dull yellow or reddish bony knob, and bare skin with red, blue or black hues. The wings are short and rounded, and the tail is likewise short. Various sub-species are proposed, differences in appearance being mostly a large variation in shape, size and colour of the casque and facial wattles.



1/2 Chon

KM# 187
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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