The new award for the Best New Commemorative Banknote went to the Bank of Korea for the commemorative 2,000 won, issued by the Bank of Korea to mark the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which were held in PyeongChang. 2.3 million of the notes were produced, by KOMSCO.
While the Bank has issued commemorative coins in the past for special events, this is its first commemorative note.
To mark the occasion, Seven Olympic winter sports were represented on the front – speed skating, ice hockey, curling, biathlon, ski jumping, luge, and bob sleigh, along with the logo of the Olympic Games. On the reverse is the painting entitled Tiger under a Pine Tree by Kim Hong-do, a celebrated 18th century artist. The key security features on the note are a MOTION thread from Crane Currency, and a foil feature combining KINGERAM ZERO.ZERO with KINEGRAM COLORS from KURZ (the first time this combination has been used on a banknote.
‘Passion. Connected’ was the official motto of the Games. The design of the 2,000 won commemorative note was designed to connect the passion for athletics with the love of sportsmanship and culture.