2019 1 oz South Korea Chiwoo Cheonwang 999 Silver Proof Medal
Chiwoo Cheonwang, also known as "Jaoji Hwanung" is a legendary warrior from mythical times. He is the 14th successor of ancient Baedal who became "Cheonwang" (Heavenly King). He built weapons of various kinds and controlled weather during battle. The numerous victories won him the mythical title of God of the ward and his legacy continues to have an immense impact for generations. Chiwoo was also the mascot of the Red Devils, the supporter's group of the Korean national soccer team that advanced with the team to semifinals during 2002 World cup.
The Chiwoo Cheonwang Series is composed of images that represent a timeline of time-honored stories about this legendary warrior. The first release in 2016 presented Chiwoo holding a spear and shield ready for war. The second release in 2017 showed that Chiwoo was drawn up in full array on horseback before charging into the battlefield. The third release in 2018 expressed Chiwoo wielding a sword atop his mighty warhorse on the battlefield. The fourth release in 2019 features Chiwoo observing the battlefield and standing resolute for the next battle.
Traditionally, ancient Korean folks made wi-myeonwa (Yong-myeon-wa): normally called "Do ggae bi* Ki-wa"]and hung at the both ends of roof tiles for the purpose of placing a stronger spirit to chase away evil spirits. The Do ggae bi on the Gwi-myeon-wa, unlike its grotesque looks, has a distinct humane and humorous characteristic. Do ggae bi is Korea's own unique mythical being referred to as a ghost, a monster or a god, similar to the hob-goblin from Western culture.
The Reverse depicts Chiwoo standing in the middle of a dry mountain, observing the once fierce battlefield. The longing for the next victorious battle emerges from his vigorous spirit.