The Bank of Korea has announced (5th July) that a coin marking the next meeting of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will be issued on the 28th August. The Bank will be accepting orders from the 11th to the 19th July in anticipation of their official release. The World Conservation Congress is an international environmental meeting held every four years by the IUCN in order to discuss biological diversity conservation, responses to climatic change, greenery growth, food security & improvement, etc.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the only global environmental organization with Official Observer Status at the UN General Assembly, and its membership comprises more than 1,200 organizations from some 160 countries, including sovereign states, government agencies and NGOs. The fifth World Conservation Congress in 2012 will be held at the International Convention Center (ICC) in Jeju for 10 days, from September 6 to 15, 2012, under the theme of “Resilience of Nature”.
The coin marking this meeting has a face value of 50,000 won ($US 44.00) with an obverse design featuring seven threatened Species which were selected from the IUCN. They are connected by a vine emphasizing the importance of environmental conservation. The animals included in the design are the grey whale, polar bear, northern fur seal, green turtle, emperor penguin, Seychelles scops owl and the yellow-eared parrot. Above and below the primary design is a commemorative text in Korean characters denoting the IUCN congress meeting and date of the occasion.
The reverse design includes a color application which includes the five color official logo of the 2012 Congress along with the inscription “ICUN WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS JEJU 2012” in four lines. The design of the official logo depicts a stylized flower in full bloom, their overlapped petals symbolizing the value of nature, conservation, sharing, coexistence, and cooperation. The traditional patterns and colors of the petals forming the logo express the beauty of Korea and its culture. The coin’s face value is positioned just below the primary design towards the lower left rim.
Struck by the Korea Minting, Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corporation (KOMSCO) the coin is produced in proof quality in .999 pure silver with a weight of 19 grams and a diameter of 33 mm. The Bank of Korea have announced that 20,000 examples have been authorized.
Those interested in placing an order ahead of the issue date should contact the bank of Korea at: http://www.bok.or.kr/user/util/email_pop_eng.jsp and mention the ICUN coin in your correspondence. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Bank of Korea, please visit their website at: http://www.bok.or.kr/broadcast.action?menuNaviId=1634