Denmark fetes Queen Margrethe II's 40th jubilee with coins

Circulating 20 kroner joins Proof silver, gold issues to mark event
Published : 02/01/12
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Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II celebrates 40 years on the throne on Jan. 14, and Denmark’s Royal Mint has announced three new coins to commemorate the event.

Queen Margrethe II took a significant role in designing the coin, according to the Royal Danish Mint.

Denmark’s mint on Jan. 10 is issuing a circulating 20-krone coin (about $3.49 in U.S. funds), as well as Proof .999 fine silver 500-krone and .900 fine gold 3,000-krone versions, all bearing similar designs (the denomination is the only modification). A Proof version of the circulating 20-krone coin is also being offered.

Design details

The obverse of the coin shows a relief bust of the queen in an official role as sovereign of the two royal orders of chivalry — the Order of the Elephant and the Order of Dannebrog — in a new portrait for Danish coins.

The portrait was designed by sculptor Karin Lorentzen, who has also designed several other coins, including the coin for the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary in 2004.

On the new 40-year anniversary coin, “[I] sought to portray the queen with wisdom and human warmth,” Lorentzen said. “It has been modelled with a naturalistic expression with more loosely modelled ornamental elements/additions.”

Queen Margrethe II is wearing a dress with a fur collar that “despite its official appearance, has an outdoor quality about it. This choice of clothing reflects an active queen who appreciates her annual trips to Greenland, the Faroe Islands, etc.,” Lorentzen said.

The reverse of the 2012 coin features a design directed by the queen: asked during the design preparatory process if she had special wishes for the reverse motif, Queen Margrethe II reportedly sketched an idea to honor the Faroe Islands and Greenland, in addition to Denmark (which overseas the territories).

Ronny Andersen, royal herald painter, elaborated on the queen’s draft design, resulting in a composition that includes elements from the royal coat of arms, including the Faroese ram and the Greenlandic polar bear.

The composition is surrounded by waves to symbolize the sea that links the various parts of the kingdom, the queen’s idea. The idea for the final design, in which the composition is framed by waves in a diamond-shaped field, also came from the queen, according to the Royal Danish Mint.

Specifications, versions

The 20-krone coin is available both in a circulating version available at face value and a Proof version offered at a collector premium. The two other Proof coins are also offered at their face values.

The aluminum-bronze 20-krone coin weighs 9.3 grams and measures 27 millimeters in diameter.

A total of 750,000 20-krone coins are being issued for circulation; 20-coin rolls are offered at face value from the Royal Danish Mint.

The Proof version of the 20-krone coin was sold for 125 Danish krone during a 30-day window that closed Jan. 16.

The Proof silver 500-krone coin weighs 31.1 grams (1-ounce) and measures 38 millimeters in diameter, while the Proof gold 3,000-krone coin weighs 8.65 grams (for an actual gold weight of a quarter-ounce) and measures 22 millimeters in diameter. Both of these coins are available at their face values. No mintage limit information was available for the Proof precious metals coins.

For more information, visit the Royal Danish Mint’s website, ■

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