North Korea Dictator: Kim Il Sung AlbumPRODUCT ID: KIMILSUNGALB
Kim Il Sung (b. 1912) was the ruler of North Korea from the founding of the so-called Democratic People’s Republic in 1948 until his death in 1994. Of all the absolute dictators in modern times, Kim arguably had the most control over the everyday lives of his subjects.
Born in Jeonju in what is today South Korea, Kim fled to Manchuria with his parents when he was eight. Fleeing from Japanese forces during World War Two, he wound up in Russia, becoming a major in the Soviet army. It was Stalin who plucked him from obscurity to run the Soviet puppet state of Korea. At the time, Kim barely knew his native language—he’d grown up speaking Chinese.
He immediately set about constructing a cult of personality. North Koreans still venerate him like a saint, if not a god. His deranged grin can be seen all over the country—there are some 500 statues of the Eternal Leader, and almost every major institution is named for him. Indeed, Kim Il Sung’s North Korea is eerily similar to George Orwell’s 1984.
That millions of people attended his funeral, many hysterically weeping, attest to the power of his personality cult— Kim’s death should have a cause for celebration, not grief. He was a cruel, deranged human being. He ruled with an iron fist, sending hundreds of thousands of alleged dissidents to detention camps—and leaving them and their descendents there for generations. As his people starved to death in droves—some estimates put the number of deaths from hunger at 3 million—victims of his ill-advised economic policies, Kim invested heavily in his military. Today, North Korea is a nuclear power, with a standing army of over a million—and still many of its 25 million people do not have enough to eat.
- 100 won; 170 x 84 mm ; issued 1978
- Obverse: portrait of Kim Il Sung; note the electricity pylon on the coat of arms.
- Reverse: a country residence; note the streetlamp and the picket fence.
- Album open measures: 11” x 7.5”
- Album folded measures: 5.5” x 7.5”
- Return Policy
- Shipping Policy
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, in the same condition that you received it and within 7 days of purchase. It must also be in the original packaging.
Please send an email to Support@AHMemail.com to receive an RA (Return Authorization) and address to return your item to. Returning your item without a RA will result in the item being refused and returned to you or possibly lost in our warehouse. We charge a 5% restocking fee on all credit card orders returned. If an exchange is requested, we will work with you to find an acceptable exchange.
Sale items (if applicable)
Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded/exchanged unless item has defects.
Exchanges (if applicable)
If your purchase has defects and need to exchange, send an email to Support@AHMemail.com and after confirmation, please send your item to the address given as well as including the return authorization number. If an exchange is requested, we will work with you to find an acceptable exchange.
If the item was marked as a gift when purchased and shipped directly to you, you’ll receive a gift credit for the value of your return. Once the returned item is received, a gift certificate will be mailed to you.
To return your purchase, you must mail the address given to you upon contacting American Heritage Mint and Bullion.
You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund.
Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you, may vary.
We highly recommend using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.
We ship items using USPS, UPS, DHL, FedEx and will ship as soon as payments are processed and completed. Items typical ship within 3 - 5 business days from the day the order is placed unless otherwise stated on product page. (Please refer to notes with each item for additional information or adjustments).
Please note that all Money Orders, Cashier’s, Personal and Business Checks will be held up to 10 business days or until said payment has cleared. Orders will be shipped promptly upon clearance of funds.
Items over $2000 may be sent using secured delivery to prevent fraud. A signature, photo, and other information (required by delivery company) may be required to prevent issues.
To prevent fraud, items with incorrect billing information might be cancelled if we can not verify. Shipments must be sent to billing address on file with your credit card unless approved by our risk department.
Shipping charges for returns are the responsibility of the party returning the item.
Orders may be returned shipped via USPS, FedEx or UPS. We highly recommend that you insure the package for its full value. American Heritage Mint and Bullion does not assume any responsibility for items lost or damaged while in return transit. We only assume responsibility of products while they are in our care, custody and control.
We Also Recommend
2019 Australia 1 oz Gold $100 Moon Landing Domed PR-70 PCGS (First Day)