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.
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
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
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
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
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, www.royalmint.dk. ■