|The Paul McIlvaine Collection - Korean War Short Snorters - North Korea
The Short Snorter Project
|100 WON NORTH KOREAN SHORT SNORTER
Serial # 165810
The short snorter tradition was in its glory during World War II, however, the tradition carried over into the Korean War.
This incredible short snorter was issued by the North Korean Government.
The obverse contains the sole signature of: PFC. Tom Miguel “Slim”
He was probably the originator & original owner of this short snorter.
The reverse contains two signatures & addresses as follows:
Sgt. James W. Dixon
Cpl. James Reeves
128 Campbell Ave.
Ottawa Ont. Canada
The Korean War was a war fought in Korea between armies from North Korea and South Korea. The war began at 4:30
AM on June 25, 1950, and was halted on July 27, 1953. More than two million Koreans died, most of them in the north.
Both sides blame each other for starting the war. The north, led by communist Kim Il-Sung, was helped mostly by the
People's Republic of China and the USSR. The south, led by nationalist Syngman Rhee, was helped by many countries in
the United Nations, and especially by the United States. The war ended with a truce. South Korea and North Korea are
still officially at war, and the United States still keeps troops in South Korea, in case North Korea ever invades again.
A Soldier remembers the Korean War:
"The Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 until the armistice was signed on July 27, 1953. This is the money issued by
the North Korean Government. In 1950-51 while I was there the exchange rate was 6,000 Won to the U.S. Dollar. My team
of the 581st Sig RR Co. was isolated some 50 miles from the nearest military unit. We attempted to control the inflation.
Thus it would take 60 of these 100 Won bills to make a dollar. I used a 1,000 South Korean bill to pay for a haircut and
shave and received 970 Won in exchange. I had argued to reduce the price from 60 Won to 30 Won. Afterwards I realized
I had cut the price from one-cent U.S. to 1/2 of a cent U.S. a savings of 1/2 of a cent. But it was important for us not to
inflate the prices for the town, as we were the only military for some 50 miles. We paid a 1/12 of a cent for a chicken. A
road to the top of our hill and two houses cost us $1.50 U.S. The words on the front of the bill read in Korean, "Won Pek"
or 100 Won. On the back of the bill they have reversed the words to read "Pek Won". The mountain is Pekto San, the
highest mountain in both Koreas. The words to the left of the people are in Chinese characters. Only the big writing is in
Korean Language. The Korean Language has only 24 letters and was easy for me to learn. Most of the bills seemed to be
somewhat ragged like this one."