1991 Korea The First Armoured Ship 500 Won Silver Coin Proof-Struck - Emporium Antiquities
1991 Korea The First Armoured Ship 500 Won Silver Coin Proof-Struck - Emporium Antiquities

1991 Korea The First Armoured Ship 500 Won Silver Coin Proof-Struck

$125.00

We have here on offer, the 1991 North Korea DPRK The First Armoured Ship 500 Won Silver Coin Proof-Struck! Comes in acrylic capsule, uncirculated condition, beautiful & rare!

"A turtle ship, also known as Geobukseon, was a type of large Koreanwarship that was used intermittently by the Royal Korean Navy during the Joseon dynasty from the early 15th century up until the 19th century. It was used alongside the panokseon warships in the fight against invading Japanese naval ships. The ship's name derives from its protective shell-like covering This design is often recognized as the first armored ship in the world.

The first references to older, first generation turtle ships, known as gwiseon, come from 1413 and 1415 records in the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty, which mention a mock battle between a gwiseon and a Japanese warship. However, these early turtle ships soon fell out of use as Korea’s naval preparedness decreased during a long period of relative peace.

Turtle ships participated in the war against Japanese naval forces supporting Toyotomi Hideyoshi's attempts to conquer Korea from 1592-1598. Korean Admiral Yi Sun-Shin is credited with designing the ship. His turtle ships were equipped with at least five different types of cannons. Their most distinguishable feature was a dragon-shaped head at the bow (front) that could launch cannon fire or flames from the mouth. Each was also equipped with a fully covered deck to deflect arrow fire, musket-shots, and incendiary weapons.The deck was covered with iron spikes to discourage enemy men from attempting to board the ship.

About The First Armoured Ship: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_ship

"Yi Sun-sin (Hunminjeongeum이순신hanja李舜臣; April 28, 1545 – December 16, 1598) was a Korean naval commander, famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty, and is well-respected for his exemplary conduct on and off the battlefield not only by Koreans, but by Japanese Admirals as well. Military historians have placed General Yi Sun-Sin on par with Admiral Horatio Nelson as arguably the greatest naval commander in history for his undefeated record against seemingly insurmountable odds despite no background in naval training.[2][3][4] His title of Samdo Sugun Tongjesa (삼도 수군 통제사 ; 三道水軍統制使), literally meaning "Naval Commander of the Three Provinces," was the title for the commander of the Korean navy until 1896.

Perhaps his most remarkable military achievement occurred at the Battle of Myeongnyang. Outnumbered 133 warships to 13, and forced into a last stand with only his minimal fleet standing between the Japanese Army and Seoul, he still managed to leave 31 of the 133 Japanese warships either destroyed or impaired, without losing a single ship of his own."

About Admiral Yi Sun-Shin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Sun-sin

  • Front: Turtle-ship. the First Armoured Ship. Insert Admiral Yi Sun-Sin.
  • Back: DPRK National Arms
  • Year 1991, 5 Won - Early 1st Releases!
  • 27.00 GR.
  • Crown size (35 mm)
  • Silver 0.9990, Proof-Struck, White Blast!
  • Uncirculated Excellent Condition
  • Scare/Rare - Sold Out at Mints/Coin Fairs

These are the very first mintage releases, when DPRK started to initiate mintage of numismatic coins for external sale. 

This is a rarely available piece, very attractive & beautiful old rarity.

"North Korea DPRK silvers & gold coins have been always sold out at International Numismatist Fairs & Shows, given its very limited supply circulating in the marketplace. Rarity designs do commands very strong premiums amongst collections, and its prices have been steadily rising across the years. In these recent period, the acceleration is much more pronounced given the isolation state of North Korea, and it possible changes that may happen in the non-too distance future. This is definitely a very strong investment category. Buy with Confidence!"

About North Korea: - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_korea

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