KRW 2,000 notes to commemorate PyeongChang Olympic Games

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In January 25, 2017
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Source: Korea Net

The Bank of Korea will issue 2.8 million sets of commemorative KRW 2,000 bills by the end of 2017, to promote the upcoming sporting event – Winter Olympic Games. South Korea is the host country of the 2018 Winter Olympics Games which will take place in PyeongChang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul in Gangwon Province, and other venues in the country, from Feb. 9 to 25.

The issuing of commemorative bills, instead of coins marks a first for the nation’s central bank.

The front of the commemorative KRW 2,000 note will feature athletes engaging in seven of the key winter sports events — speed skating, ski jumping, ice hockey, curling, biathlon, bobsleigh and luge. The other side portrays a tiger and a pine tree, both believed to symbolize the nation, as in the famous “Songhamaenghodo” painting by a leading painter from the Joseon-era, Kim Hong-do (1745-1806), who went by the pen name Danwon.