KOMSCO first released the Chiwoo Cheonwang silver medal in 2016 with a mintage of 30,000, but quickly upped to 50,000 the following in the face of huge demand for this unique silver medal.
Chiwoo Cheonwang is a symbol of South Korea that is often depicted solely using his fearsome mask. In Korean lore, the legend of Chiwoo Cheonwang is that of the God of War. He is said to wear a demon-like mask and cast magical spells on individuals while yielding his large shield. Some say his powers include the ability to control the weather.
The obverse of the 2017 issue of these silver coins mirrors the first year’s issue. You’ll find the stunningly detailed image of Cheonwang’s fearsome mask, with engravings of the year of issue, metal content, weight, and nation of issue.
On the reverse of the Chiwoo Cheonwang Silver medal for 2017 is a slight variation to the original design. The returning features include that of Chiwoo Cheonwang in his full armor with his mask on while he holds onto a large shield and spear in either hand. The addition for the 2017 release is that of his figure mounted on a large, powerful warhorse.