Taekwondo is the official form of martial arts in the Republic of Korea. Developed during the 1940s and 1950s by Korean martial artists who had originally trained in Japanese and Chinese forms of martial arts, taekwondo combined these foreign forms of martial arts with traditional Korean forms of unarmed combat to create a distinctly Korean form of martial arts. Taekwondo is now the feature of a major gold bullion series from KOMSCO. Right now, 2020 1/2 oz Gold South Korean Taekwondo Medals are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule or roll of 20!
- Second year of availability for the Gold South Korean Taekwondo Medals!
- Mintage limited to 800 medals only!
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .999 fine gold in BU condition.
- The obverse side offers a swirling field around the Taegeuk.
- On the reverse field is the image of “Punching Man,” depicting the power of punches in taekwondo.
Each 2020 1/2 oz Gold South Korean Taekwondo is offered with a protective plastic capsule or a roll of 20 medals. The gold medals in this listing come from KOMSCO in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
Taekwondo emerged in the 1940s and 1950s as Korean instructors trained in Japanese and Chinese martial arts began to open new kwans, or martial arts schools in Korea following the Allied victory in World War II. These instructors combined elements of the martial arts they had trained in with indigenous forms of martial arts traditionally practiced in Korea, but banned during the Japanese Occupation of the 1930s and 1940s. Those traditional forms of Korean martial arts that were blended with Japanese and Chinese forms of martial arts included Taekkyon, Subak, and Gwonbeop.
The obverse side of the 2020 1/2 oz Gold South Korean Taekwondos depicts the Taegeuk with a swirling field around it. The Taegeuk is a century’s old symbol that has been pervasive in Korean written history dating back to the Silla empire. The symbol appeared in written records of the era and was also found in the decorative handle of a sword that was recovered from the grave of Michu of Silla, with the piece dated to the 5th or 6th century CE. Today, the seal is featured prominently on the national flag of the Republic of Korea.
On the reverse field of 2020 Gold South Korean Taekwondos, you will find a design known as the “Punching Man.” This design shows the devastating power of punches in the practice of taekwondo. Punches are integral to taekwondo and must be done not only quickly, but accurately to be effective. In particular, the design captures a fore fist punch, a punch often dealt with enough force to leave fist marks on the target.
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