KOMSCO, the official mint of South Korea, chose this historical figure to celebrate on the country’s first-ever Silver bullion series, continuing now with the exciting fourth design. Chiwoo Cheonwang is revered in Chinese and Korean cultures for both his historical feats and the folklore tales attributed to him.
The Legacy Continues
After multiple successful designs, metals and finishes, KOMSCO introduced the fourth release in their Chiwoo Cheonwang series. This new design shows the legendary warrior in military dress observing the battlefield and standing resolute, ready for the next battle. As with similar issues, all versions of the 2019 Chiwoo medals are produced in limited mintages.
Celebrating a Tribal Warrior
To follow up on the popular launches that kicked off a unique series, KOMSCO introduced a new design for the 2018 Proof Silver and Gold medals. As Chiwoo Cheonwang is known for his leadership in battles, this image of Chiwoo on horseback with sword drawn truly embraces the powerful tribal hero. Available in both Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated finishes, the third design continues the legacy of the series and creates an outstanding collectible.
As with any new series, it is impossible to judge the popularity on the first release alone. In 2016 and 2017, KOMSCO issued two distinct releases, each with visually strong designs depicting the legendary leader. From the powerful first design of Chiwoo standing ready for battle, to the follow-up release featuring a rearing horse, these Gold and Silver medals, which introduced the new South Korean measurement value, were immediately popular with collectors around the world.
1/10 oz Gold Medals
Broadening the audience appeal for the series, KOMSCO released a 1/10 oz Gold Chiwoo Cheonwang medal showcasing the powerful design. Each 1/10 oz Gold medal is packaged in an exceptional assay card, displaying an up-close image of the Chiwoo shield. The assay card is available in four colors – black, red, blue or white – and the mintage has been capped at 25,000 across all four assay cards.
The Legend of Chiwoo Cheonwang
This name Chiwoo Cheonwang may have little meaning to most Americans but holds great significance in Chinese and Korean cultures, similar to Charlemagne of the Western world. Chiwoo was a tribal leader of the Nine Li tribe in ancient China. He is best known for his leadership in battles against the man who would become the Yellow Emperor. Chiwoo is recognized as one of the three legendary founding fathers of China and as the 14th head of Shinshi, the first Korean state. Also worshipped as the God of War, Chiwoo’s story tells of many exploits that can only be described as mythological. It is said during his epic battles against the Yellow Emperor's forces, he breathed out a thick fog to obscure the sunlight and conjured storms.
The Chiwoo Cheonwang products are revered for their designs, limited mintages and finishes. The new releases will only further that appeal. The 1 oz Proof Silver medal in particular is truly a sight to behold, as the detail and impeccable finish make the design pop and will be considered a true collector’s item.