Commemorative coins


Denmark has a tradition for issuing commemorative coins to mark special events in the Royal Family, e.g. accession to the throne, jubilees, weddings, silver and golden anniversaries and special birthdays.

Like the ordinary 10-krone and 20-krone coins, commemorative coins have a portrait of the monarch on the obverse, often a portrait designed for the occasion. Since the Queen’s 50th birthday in 1990, the royal commemorative coins have been issued as 20-krone coins put into general circulation and a special collector’s edition in silver. Originally, the silver coin was a 200-krone coin, but the silver commemorative coin issued to mark the Queen’s 70th birthday in 2010 was a 500-krone coin. On this occasion, (and as a novelty) a commemorative gold coin was issued.

The golden wedding anniversary of HM the Queen and HRH Prince Henrik

To mark the golden wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik on 10 June 2017, Danmarks Nationalbank will issue a commemorative coin in two versions.

500-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth
 
20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling
 
The commemorative coin features a portrait of the couple, with the Queen and the Prince in three quarter profile, facing each other. Along the rim is a ring with the inscription: H.M. Dronningen og H.K.H. Prinsen (HM the Queen and HRH the Prince). The titles are separated by a heart, the mark of the Royal Danish Mint. The reverse motif is the joint monogram of the Queen and the Prince. Above it, the date and the years of the wedding and anniversary are shown. Below the monogram is the Mint's heart, which is also the symbol of love. Medallist Henrik Wiberg has sculpted the portrait and reproduced the joint monogram.
 
 
 

Queen Margrethe's 75th birthday
On 16 April 2015, the 75th birthday of HM Queen Margrethe II was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in two versions.

 

500-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth
 
20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling
 

The obverse of the coin shows the Queen as a private individual without any tiara or jewellery. Consequently, Danmarks Nationalbank's medallist Henrik Wiberg, who has modelled the portrait, has chosen to show the Queen in a three-quarter profile. The reverse motif was designed by Jeanette Skov Jensen, senior graphic designer at Danmarks Nationalbank. It was inspired by the Queen's artistic side, taking the Queen's motifs of Danish landscapes as the point of departure. As an extra layer, the Queen's personal signature is shown.

 

 

 
Queen Margrethe's 40th jubilee
On 14 January 2012, the 40th jubilee of HM Queen Margrethe II was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in three versions.

3000-krone gold coin
Alloy: 900‰ Au, 50‰ Ag, 50‰ Cu
Diameter: 22 mm
Weight: 8.65 g
Rim: Smooth
 
500-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth
 
20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling
 
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. The relief bust was designed by the sculptor Karin Lorentzen. On the reverse, Ronny Andersen, Royal Herald Painter, has elaborated on a sketch by the Queen for a heraldic composition that includes elements from the royal coat of arms. The motif includes Denmark's three lions and nine heraldic lily leaves (hearts), the Faroese ram and the Greenlandic polar bear, representing the three parts of the Kingdom. The composition is surrounded by waves to symbolise the sea that links the various parts of the Kingdom.

 
 
Queen Margrethe's 70th birthday
On 16 April 2010, the 70th birthday of HM Queen Margrethe II was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in three versions.
 
1000-krone gold coin
Alloy: 900‰ Au, 50‰ Ag, 50‰ Cu
Diameter: 22 mm
Weight: 8.65 g
Rim: Smooth
 
500-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth
 
20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling
 
The obverse of the coin shows a right-side profile of the Queen. The portrait was designed by the sculptor Lis Nogel. On the reverse, Ronny Andersen, Royal Herald Painter, has drawn the royal coat of arms set against a background of marguerites.
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Miss Mary Donaldson
On 14 May 2004, the wedding of HRH Crown Prince Frederik and Miss Mary Donaldson was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in two versions.
 

200-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth

20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling

The obverse of the coin shows a right-side profile of the Queen. The reverse shows a twin right-side profile of Crown Prince Frederik and Miss Mary Donaldson. The twin profile is surrounded by a ring. The portraits were designed by the sculptor Karin Lorentzen.

 
 
 
 
Queen Margrethe's 60th birthday
On 16 April 2000, the 60th birthday of HM Queen Margrethe II was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in two versions. 

200-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth 

20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling
 
The obverse of the coin shows a right-side profile of the Queen. Behind the queen a stylised marguerite can be discerned. The portrait is placed in a small hollow in the coin so that the relief stands especially high. On the reverse appear a crown and nine marguerites, together with the coin denomination and the years 1940 and 2000. This version of the crown was used on the ½-, 1- and 2-krone coins dating from the period 1924-41. Both sides were designed by the sculptor Mogens Møller.

 

 
 
 
Queen Margrethe's 60th birthday
On 14 January 1997, the silver jubilee of HM Queen Margrethe II was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in two versions.
 
200-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth
 
20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling
 
The obverse of the coin shows a full-figure portrait of the Queen. By tradition Queen Margrethe's portrait is depicted on Danish coins, but these commemorative coins show Queen Margrethe standing in a long robe and bearing the chain of the Order of the Elephant. The motif was inspired by e.g. coins issued by King Christian IV, showing the king standing with his sceptre and crown. The reverse of the coins depicts the national coat of arms. The 20-krone coin bears the small version of the national coat of arms – the state coat of arms. The state coat of arms is a shield with three crowned lions and nine hearts. The royal crown rests on the shield. The 200-krone coin bears the large version of the national coat of arms – the royal coat of arms. In the royal coat of arms the shield is divided into the four sections of the Cross of Dannebrog (the Danish flag). Two sections are identical, and, like the state coat of arms, depict three lions and nine hearts. One section shows the two lions of Southern Jutland, and the last is divided into three smaller sections depicting the ram of the Faroe Islands, the polar bear of Greenland, and three crowns (a symbol of the Kalmar Union). At the centre is a section depicting the Oldenburg beams. The royal crown rests on the shield. Both sides were designed by Jan Petersen, who was a medallist at the Royal Danish Mint at the time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wedding of Prince Joachim and Miss Alexandra Manley
On 18 November 1995, the wedding of HRH Prince Joachim and Miss Alexandra Manley was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in two versions.
 
200-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth
 
20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling
 
The obverse of the coin shows a right-side profile of the Queen. The reverse shows a 3-winged palace, inspired by Schackenborg, the couple's residence. It is flanked by two trees. In the foreground are leaves and a fountain. On the 200-krone coin the two noughts in the figure 200 are interwoven to form a Chinese symbol of happiness. Both sides were designed by Jan Petersen, who was a medallist at the Royal Danish Mint at the time.
 
 
 
 
 
1,000th anniversary of first official Danish coin
On 14 September 1995, the 1,000th anniversary of the minting of the coin of Svend Tveskæg (Sweyn Forkbeard) was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in two versions.

200-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Milled

20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling
 
The obverse of the coin shows a left-side profile of the Queen. Along the left-hand rim: "Dronning Margrethe II" (Queen Margrethe II) and on the right-hand side: "Danmark" (Denmark). ​The reverse shows a medieval crown with a cross. This motif was common on Danish coins issued in the late Middle Ages, coins were often decorated with the symbols of the Crown and the church. Both sides were designed by Jan Petersen, who was a medallist at the Royal Danish Mint at the time.
 
 
 
 
Silver wedding anniversary of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik
On 10 June 1992, the silver wedding anniversary of HM Queen Margrethe II and HRH Prince Henrik was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in two versions.

200-krone silver coin
Alloy: 999‰ Ag
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth
 
20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling
 
The obverse of the coin shows a left-side profile of the Queen on the right-hand side. On the left-hand side of the coin is a right-side profile of the Prince. The reverse shows a house with a festive arch and a crown on top of the roof. Above the door is a heart with the number 25. To the left of the roof is a sun and to the right a half-moon and two stars. The somewhat untraditional reverse of the coin was inspired by Danish allotments, where some of the little houses have developed into miniature palaces. It was meant to convey associations of something typically Danish – and perhaps also a typically Danish silver wedding anniversary. Both sides were designed by Jan Petersen, who was a medallist at the Royal Danish Mint at the time.
 
 
 
 
 

Queen Margrethe's 50th birthday
On 16 April 1990, the 50th birthday of HM Queen Margrethe II was marked by the issue of a commemorative coin in two versions.

200-krone silver coin
Alloy: 800‰ Ag, 200‰ Cu
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 31.1 g
Rim: Smooth

20-krone circulation coin
Alloy: 92 Cu, 6 Al, 2 Ni
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 9.3 g
Rim: Interrupted milling

The obverse of the coin shows a right-side profile of the Queen. The reverse shows a marguerite beneath a crown. Both sides were designed by Jan Petersen, who was a medallist at the Royal Danish Mint at the time.