The materials used are typically silver or gold, which are relatively expensive. Medals may vary considerably in shape and appearance, and they are not always round. But all medals, old or new, tell a story – from the royal medals of merit and reward to the football medal from 1992, when Denmark won the European Championship.
Shape and appearance
Medals may vary considerably in appearance – in terms of both the level of detail and the shape. Medals are not always round; for example the 1998 prize medal from the Technical University of Denmark is a pentagon. Medals are often made of silver or gold, which makes them more expensive to manufacture than ordinary coins. Furthermore, gold is a difficult material to work with, so it takes longer to manufacture a gold medal than a silver medal as it requires more strokes to achieve the desired quality.
The manufacturing process
Many of the medals of the Royal Danish Mint have been manufactured for many years. Some of the dies are so old that extra care is required to stamp the medal. The medals are stamped on a large and a small friction press from 1910 and 1923, respectively, and on a modern hydraulic press.
Examples of medals from the Royal Danish Mint
The Royal Danish Mint has an annual production of royal medals of merit and reward bearing a portrait of the sovereign. Other medals include the "Ingenio et Arti" gold medal from 1841. Among those who have received this medal over the years are the actress Ghita Nørby (2006) and art historian Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen (2013). The oldest medal still in production is the Royal Danish Agricultural Society's silver medal from 1769. New medals manufactured in recent years include a medal awarded by the Danish Red Cross in connection with an appeal in 2012.
Medal from the University of Copenhagen.
Medal from the Technical University of Denmark.