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Fresh Olympic coin set unveiled

Lee Hee-beom, right, president of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), poses with singer Insooni during the unveiling of a new limited coin set for the PyeongChang Olympics in Seoul, Wednesday. The singer became the first purchaser of the coin set. / Yonhap
By Baek Byung-yeul

Organizers for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics unveiled a new limited coin set for the Winter Games, Wednesday.

At the building of Poongsan Corporation in Seoul, the maker of the PyeongChang Olympics commemorative bill, the organizing committee made public the new package.

It offers 21 coin types and a commemorative 2,000 won ($1.86) banknote. The organizing committee said the special package is set to sell only 888 copies in a bid to commemorate Korea's two Olympics -- the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Each set costs 11 million won ($10,230).

The committee said customers can have special messages engraved on the case of the package and their names will be engraved at a memorial hall, which will be built in Gangwon Province to commemorate the PyeongChang Olympics.

Lee Hee-beom, president of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), urged people to purchase the special coin set.

"The commemorative PyeongChang coins and banknotes have been enjoying soaring popularity. And now we decided to issue a new limited package. I hope many people will purchase it to be a part of history," Lee said.

Lee also said North Korea's decision to send its delegation to PyeongChang will the Winter Games will bring peace to the Olympics.

"Since Jan. 1, the relationship between the two Koreas has been progressing at a very quick pace. I know high officials from the North and the South had a conversation about many things yesterday," Lee said.

"I think it is our part to prepare for the following measures. Though we have less than a month to go before the Games, we are doing our best."

Singer Insooni, an honorary ambassador for the PyeongChang Olympics, became the first customer to purchase the coin set.

The singer, who was also a member of the Korean delegation that brought the Olympic torch from Greece to Korea last November, urged more people to take part in the Olympic fever by purchasing the coin set.

"I received the honor of being the first customer. I heard the names of the purchasers will be displayed at a memorial hall of the PyeongChang Olympics. It is going to be a new experience for me," she said.

Baek Byung-yeul

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