The South Korean Mint, abbreviated KOMSCO, has gradually made a name for itself in the precious metals industry over the past several years with the high quality and intriguing designs of its bullion products. 2017 marks the debut of its new ZI:SIN (The Twelve Guardians) series of gold and silver bullion. It begins with the 2017 South Korea ZI:SIN Gallus 1 oz Silver Bullion (1 Clay). Struck from .999 fine silver, each of these artistic bullion pieces contains 1 troy ounce of actual silver weight (ASW) and is designated with the denomination 1 Clay.
The reverse design shows Gallus, one of the fabled Twelve Guardians. His name refers to the Latin word for Rooster, and his mask and armor fittingly match this theme. Gallus is shown wielding a large scythe as he strikes a warrior's pose. "ZI:SIN GALLUS" is inscribed in bold lettering along the rim to the right. These bullion pieces measure 40 mm in diameter, resembling silver medals.
On the obverse, the fearsome mask that appears on Chiwoo's shield in Korean folk tradition appears to emerge from the coin in dramatic relief. A sophisticated anti-counterfeiting mark below contains the number "999" against a textured background. Rim inscriptions include the year-date and purity "2017 FINE SILVER 999" to the left, the issuing country "REPUBLIC OF KOREA" above, and the denomination "1 CLAY" to the right.
The 2017 ZI:SIN Gallus 1 oz Silver Bullion from South Korea is the first issue in a series that will include all 12 of the legendary ZI:SIN. This creates an interesting opportunity for collectors in addition to the appeal of 99.9% pure silver bullion.