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World Cup coins come to Korea

June 09,2009
Ambassador Stefanus J. Schoeman, left, and Bronwyn Mullen, a South African TV celebrity here, launch the 2010 World Cup commemorative coins at the ambassador’s Seoul residence, last Wednesday. Provided by Hwadong
World Cup fever caught on like wildfire after Korea beat the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in its qualifier in Dubai on Sunday morning (Korea time) to advance for the seventh straight time to the World Cup, which will take place next year in South Africa, the first in the event’s history to be held on the African continent.

One way to celebrate the occasion is with coins commemorating the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

South African Ambassador to Korea Stefanus J. Schoeman launched the commemorative coins in a ceremony held at his residence last Wednesday. Bronwyn Mullen, a South African who has become something of a celebrity here following her appearance on the popular Korean TV program, “Minyeodeuleui Suda (Chatting Beauties),” was also on hand for the event.

The ambassador said that the launch is well-timed since there is just one year before the World Cup begins on June 11, 2010. He promoted the sets as a good investment given the current strength of gold prices.

Schoeman also expressed his hope that South Africa and Korea will both make it to the final.

The sets contain eight coins, five gold and three silver, each with the official emblem of the event and images of wild animals native to Africa.

Hwadong, a Korean coin distributor that has distributed commemorative coins for international sporting events, including the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, has been designated as the exclusive distributor of the 2010 World Cup coins in Korea.

The coin sets can be purchased on a subscription basis until June 19 at post offices and branches of Kookmin Bank, Shinhan Bank and the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives, or Suhyup, around the country.


By Park Sun-young [spark0320@joongang.co.kr]




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