Fairy Tale coins


To mark the bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen, Danmarks Nationalbank issued a series of 10-krone coins with motives from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. A total of five fairy tale coins were issued of which the final one was launched in 2007. In addition to the ordinary 10-krone coin in aluminium bronze all the fairy tale coins were issued in a gold- and silver version. The face of the fairy tale coins shows a profile of the Queen by the sculptor, Professor Mogens Møller.
​Den grimme ælling (The Ugly Duckling)
The first fairy tale coin 'The Ugly Duckling' was issued on 31 March 2005. The motif on the coin is designed by the sculptor Hans Pauli Olsen.

 

 

 

Den lille havfrue (The Little Mermaid)
The second fairy tale coin 'The Little Mermaid' was issued on 20 October 2005. The motif is taken from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid'. The artist is the sculpturer Tina Maria Nielsen. 

 

 

 

Skyggen (The Shadow)
The third fairy tale coin 'The Shadow' was issued on 24 April 2006. The motif is taken from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale 'The Shadow'.  The motif is desgned by Professor and sculpturer Bjørn Nørgaard.

 

 

 

Snedronningen (The Snow Queen)
The fourth fairy tale coin "The Snow Queen" was issued on 30 August 2006. The motif is taken from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen".  Sculptur Øivind Nygård has formed the motif and the result is a beautiful and exciting coin. At the Mint Fair in Berlin in 2006 the Royal Danish Mint won the award for The Snow Queen. 


 

 

 

Nattergalen (The Nightingale)
The fifth and final coin in the fairy tale series was issued on 25 October 2007, inspired by the fairy tale of 'the Nightingale'. The motif is designed by the sculptor, Professor Torben Ebbesen. Since 'the Nightingale' is set in China, the coin shows the two Chinese characters for nightingale.