Gold Coins From Denmark

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The Denmark Gold Coins: Sizes and Designs

Denmark Gold coins are one of the most remarkable pieces of gold history, being in circulation since 1826. The first Danish gold coins were issued during 1826 and 1886 and were called “Frederik D’or”, named after the Frederik VI and VII kings. From 1841 to 1870, the “Christian D’or” gold coins were also issued, name after the Christian VII and IX kings. These coins were struck of .896 pure gold with .1913 oz. and .3827 oz. content for the regular and double denomination, carrying the profile image of the kings. However, the most popular gold coin produced in Denmark is the Gold Kroner. The first Kroner coin was manufactured in 1875 by the Royal Danish Mint. The only denominations of the Danish krone that are produced of gold are the 10 Kroner Gold Coin and the 20 Kroner Gold Coin, which were produced of .900 fine gold containing .1296 oz., and, respectively, .2593 oz. of gold. The Royal Danish Mint also manufactures modern gold coins, such as the “Fairy Tale” Gold Series, issued to commemorate the bicentenary anniversary (1805-2005) of Hans Christian Andersen, and the “International Polar Year 2007-2009” Gold Series. The “Fairy Tale” 10 Kroner Gold was minted in 5 consecutive editions, each one depicting one of the motives from H.C. Andersen’s tales: “The Ugly Duckling: (2005), “The Little Mermaid” (2005), “The Shadow” (2006), the “Snow Queen” (2006) and the “Nightingale” (2007). The Polar 1000 Kroner Gold Coins were released in 3 editions featuring the polar bear on the 2007 issue, the Sirius star in 2008 and the Northern Lights on the 2009 coin. All modern Danish gold coins carry the profile image of Queen Margarethe II on the reverse side of the coin.

The Danish Royal Mint

The Royal Danish Mint was founded in the early 16th century by the Danish monarchy and is currently owned by the Danish State, belonging to the Danish Central Bank. It’s the only one company that is allowed by law to produce Danish currency. The impressive mint’s history of changing its location multiple times starts in 1541 when the Royal Mint relocated its branch to the nearby grounds of a Danish monastery. It remained its location until 1575 when the Danish Royal Mint was moved to Bremerholm and then returned back to the monastery in 1593. Between 1614 and 1661, the coins were produced in the Copenhagen castle and several other sites. During that time, a new currency was introduced, the Danish rigsdaler. Later, in 1671, the mint moved to Borgergade up until 1749, when it was established near the Charlottenborg Palace, which was also moved to another building during the reconstruction in 1873. In 1923, the Royal Danish Mint moved once again, this time to the Amager Boulevard on Amager, and in 1978, the mint established its location in Solmarksvej in Brøndby. In 2012, it was relocated for the last time to the Danish Central Bank building in Copenhagen. The official currency coin of Denmark has been produced by the Royal Danish Mint since 1875.

The Denmark Gold Kroner Coin

The most popular Denmark Gold coin is the Gold Kroner issued in 20 Kroner Gold and 10 Kroner Gold denominations. Each of these coins carried the profile portrait image of the reigning King of Denmark on the obverse side. The 1873-1900 Gold Kroner Coin features the image of King Christian IX of Denmark on the obverse side and a seated figure that is holding a staff, next to a shield and a porpoise, on the reverse side of the coin. The 1908-1912 Gold Kroner featured the bust of King Frederik VIII on the obverse side and the Coat of Arms, mint date, denomination, and mintmark on the reverse side, along with the initials of the designer Vilhelm Buchard Poulsen. On the obverse side of the 1913-1917 Gold Kroner is depicted the profile portrait of King Christian X and the reverse side contains the same representation as the 1908-1912 coin.

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