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50000 Won 2009, South Korea

in Krause book Number: 57
Years of issue: 23.06.2009
Edition: 212 000 000
Signatures: no signature
Serie: 2006 - 2007 Series
Specimen of: 23.06.2009
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 154 x 68
Printer: Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation, Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon

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50000 Won 2009




The portrait of Sin Saimdang and Electrotype "5" in pentagram. Three bright horizontal stripes in the center of the banknote.


50000 Won 2009

The image of Sin Saimdang on banknote taken from Lee Young-ae, who is playing Sin Saimdang in 2017 TV-Series "Saimdang, Light's Diary" (사임당) by SBS.

Lee Young-ae (born January 31, 1971) is a South Korean actress. She is known for her appearances in the Korean historical drama Dae Jang Geum (2003), and as a revenge seeking single mother in Park Chan-wook's crime thriller film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005).

Sin Saimdang (申師任堂, October 29, 1504 – May 17, 1551) was a Korean artist, writer, calligraphist, and poet. She was the mother of the Korean Confucian scholar Yi I. Often held up as a model of Confucian ideals, her respectful nickname was Eojin Eomeoni (어진 어머니; "Wise Mother"). Her real name was unknown. Her pennames were Saim, Saimdang, Inimdang, and Imsajae.

Was born in 1504 in Gangnung Gangwon Province and was the second among five daughters in the family. In her childhood she was called Ying Song, and she was the favorite of the whole family, especially her maternal grandmother. The girl was very pretty and surprised everyone with her abilities.

In the state of Joseon, men dominated, but only after the 17th century this tradition was firmly rooted in Korean society. Up to the middle of the Joseon era, the Korean families attached greater importance to maternal ties, and often the family remained in the home of the mother's parents. Growing up in such an environment, Sin began to paint at the age of seven, in which she was warmly supported by her grandmother, who in every way encouraged the enthusiasm of her beloved granddaughter and even bought her drawings. Thanks to this, her artistic talent very quickly unfolded. Especially she managed to picture colors and insects, which the young artist wrote down to the smallest details with the use of juicy shades.

One day, the young Sin came to one of the relatives with her drawing, which depicted a grasshopper. The relative took it from the girl, but on leaving the room dropped the picture on the floor. Immediately, a chicken, who turned up next to him, jumped up to him, pecking at the image of the grasshopper, apparently taking him for the present. This curious case proves the accuracy in the transfer of details sought by the artist, in whose paintings the objects of living nature literally came to life.

The famous scientists of the time, So Se Yang and Chung Yu Gil, who appreciated the talent of Shin, even compared it to the well-known early Joseon artist An Gyeong.

Shin Saidiman revealed not only as a painter. She was known as a connoisseur of Confucian writings and other scientific works that helped her develop her literary abilities. She has equally succeeded both in prose and in poetry. Her talent manifested itself in such purely feminine pursuits as sewing and embroidering.

Sin Saimdan can be attributed to the most outstanding representatives of the fine arts of the middle of the Joseon era.

In 1522, at the age of 19, Sin Saimdan was married to Li Vong-soo. Since there were no sons in the Xing family who would take care of her parents, she left with her husband's consent to live in the parental home. Sin became the mother of seven children - four sons and three daughters, to whom she devoted her life.

Being a truly loving and strict mother, she devoted herself entirely to the education of her children. In this regard, she received the pseudonym "Saimdan" in honor of Queen Theaim, the mother of Emperor Mu, revered in China from the Zhou dynasty, considered the ideal of the wife and mother. Her third son, Li Yi (pseudonym Yulgok), became one of the two most famous Confucian scholars of the state of Chosun, and the eldest daughter of Me Chang and the fourth son of Li U brightly manifested themselves in poetry and fine arts.

All the strengths and abilities for science Yulgok allegedly were laid in the womb of the mother, who during pregnancy used special psychoenergetic techniques. Sin Saimdan not only raised wonderful children, but also helped her husband, who was in the public service, instructing on the path of virtue and giving him moral support.

Died Sin Saimdan in 1551, at the age of 48 years. But her devotion to family and art has always been admired among all subsequent generations of Koreans. And in our days she became also the first woman in Korean history, whose portrait adorns a banknote. This decision is a symbol of gender equality and social activity of women. Sin Saimdan can rightfully be called an ideal woman, who knows how to achieve success in creativity, and in fulfilling the duties of mother and wife. (Korean Radio .rus)

On background are 2 paintings by Sin saimdang (申師任堂) in Mokpododo style, picturing plants.


Painting by Sin Saimdang - "The grapes". Size 31.5×21.7 сm. Gansong Museum, Seoul.


Painting by Sin Saimdang - "Egg plants". Size 44.5×22.5 сm. Color on paper. Pyeongyang Museum of North Korea.

On left side is the hologram strip with emblem, derived from the philosophy of yin-yang and represents balance in the universe. The red half represents positive cosmic forces, and the blue half represents the opposing negative cosmic forces.

Together, the trigrams represent movement and harmony as fundamental principles (태극). Also - denomination by number and map of Korea.

On right side, lower, is dark window with 5 inside.

Denominations in numerals are in lower left and top right corners. Centered in words.


50000 Won 2009

On banknote are 2 paintings:


Painting by Eo Mong-ryong - "Wolmaedo" or "Plum Blossoms on a Moonlit Night". Size 119.1×53.0 сm. Hanging scroll painting. National museum of Korea, Seoul

Eo Mong-ryong (1566-?) was so skillful at painting plum blossoms in ink that his works on the subject were considered one of the three greatest types of paintings of the Joseon dynasty, along with Yi Jeong’s paintings of bamboo and Hwang Jip-jung’s paintings of grapevines. Eo’s style exerted a profound influence on the plum blossom paintings in black ink produced by Jo Sok, O Dal-je, Heo Mok, and Jo Ji-un. This example is characterized by quick, energetic brush strokes leaving unpainted white areas between the strokes. (National museum of Korea)


"Poongjukdo" or "Bamboo on a Rainy Day" by Lee Jeong, Joseon Era (Hwajeong Museum, Seoul).

Phyllostachys nigra

Presumably, on painting by Lee Jeong depicted black bamboo.

Also, on background, is Phyllostachys nigra, common name black bamboo. It is a species of flowering plant in the bamboo subfamily of the grass family Poaceae, native to Hunan Province of China, and widely cultivated elsewhere.

Growing up to 5 meters (16 ft.) tall by 3 meters (10 ft.) broad, it forms clumps of slender arching canes which turn black after two or three seasons. The abundant lance-shaped leaves are 4-13 cm. (2-5 in.) long.

Numerous forms and cultivars are available for garden use. The species and the form P. nigra f. henonis have both gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. The form henonis is also known as Henon bamboo and as cultivar "Henon".

It is used for lumber (timber), food, and musical instruments, among other things, in areas of China where it is native and also worldwide.

Denominations in numerals are in top left and lower right corners.