EXO To Have Their Own Official Commemorative Medal
It has been announced on 12nd March 2018 by the Korea National Mint that an official commemorative medal honoring EXO as Korea’s best idol group will be made and released in April.
Korea National Mint has also previously released medals in commemoration to 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and other special national events. The decision to come up with a commemorative medal for EXO is due to their influence and representation in Hallyu culture which is well accepted internationally.
With their first full length album released in 2013, EXO made their name as the ‘Million Seller’ after breaking the 12 years record in the music industry. Four of their other albums also sold more than 1 million copies, earning them the title of ‘Quadruple Million Seller’. In addition, EXO has been breaking records by receiving the ‘Daesang’ award in end of year music awards for five consecutive years, totaling their number of awards to 20.
Ever since their debut in 2012, they have began to gain recognition world wide after being awarded the New Asian Artist Award in MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards). Together with their performance in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic closing ceremony as the representative of K-Pop, EXO has played a huge role as a global Hallyu icon. In 2017, their song was the number one most tweeted, number one in iTunes album sales chart in 42 regions, number one in Apple music album sales chart in 18 regions and recorded as the top best selling album in Billboard world album chart. This raises the bar for many other K-Pop idols while also maintaining their record in 2018 Guinness Book ‘Art and Media’ category as the most number of ‘Daesung’ awards received in MAMA.
The official EXO commemorative medal will be designed by the country’s best monetary designer, with each member’s (Xiumin, SuHo, Lay, BaekHyun, Chen, ChanYeol, D.O, Kai, SeHun) face being included at the front, and with EXO’s logo at the back. It is also said to be made with patent technology to prevent counterfeit. A certificate with serial number will also be included with the commemorative medal to increase its value and credibility.
It is expressed that with EXO being the first K-Pop idol to have their own commemorative medal, it is expected that K-Pop and Hallyu will achieve even higher and better results internationally.