국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Coins, Sangpyeong-tongbo Dangbaek-jeon
  • Exhibition Name

    Coins, Sangpyeong-tongbo Dangbaek-jeon

  • Culture/Period

    Joseon Dynasty

  • Materials

    Metal - Copper Alloy

  • Category

    Industry·Occupation - Trade - Coinage - Yeopjeon brass coin

  • Dimensions

    D. 3.9cm, 3.4cm 등

  • Accession Number

    Sinsu 12564

  • Location

    Joseon III

In 1866 (the 3rd year of King Gojong’s reign), Heungseon Daewongun, King Gojong’s biological father and regent during the king’s youth, created these coins, called Dangbaekjeon, to secure the funds required to reconstruct Gyeongbokgung Palace and see the government through its dire financial situation. The coins’ real value was much lower than intended, leading to hyperinflation and, as a consequence, an extremely difficult financial situation for ordinary people.