The Royal Danish Mint has released (14th January) new silver commemorative coins in celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the accession of HM Queen Margrethe II. The Kingdom of Denmark’s heiress presumptive succeeded her father King Frederik IX on the 14th January 1972. As such, she became the 1,000-year-old European kingdom’s second queen regnant since her predecessor Queen Margrethe I became Denmark’s sovereign in 1387.
The silver 500-kroner and base metal 20-kroner Proof-quality coins are produced by the Mint of Finland at their facilities in Vantaa, Finland, under license from the Royal Danish Mint and designed by sculptor Kathrine S. Moseholm (obverse) and Royal Danish Mint’s design director Jeanette Skov Jensen (reverse). The obverse side includes an abstract portrait in profile facing right of HM Queen Margrethe II, which is inspired by the art of paper cutouts rooted in the minimalist sculptural tradition. The legend on either side of the effigy reads MARGRETHE II DANMARKS DRONNING. A traditional heart privy, or mintmark, denoting the Royal Danish Mint is seen superimposed over the portrait located at the lower edge.
On the reverse side is a stylised pattern created by the number 50 representing the Queen’s anniversary. The pattern creates a visual reference to Amalienborg’s four palaces situated around Castle Square in Copenhagen, the official residence of the Danish head of state. Above the primary design is the commemorative date 14. JANUAR along with the year dates 1972 and 2022 on either side of the numeral patterns. Below the design is the denomination of 500 KRONER (silver) or 20 KRONER (base metal), and the Queen’s own insignia, which is centred.
|9.3 g||27 mm||Proof||
|31.1 g||38 mm||Proof||
Available from the 14th January, the silver and base metal Proof-quality coins are encapsulated and presented in a heavy gauge card case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Circulation strike 20-kroner coins are also scheduled for release on the same day as the Proof coins and are available in sealed paper rolls of 20 pieces from the National Bank. For additional information and to purchase the coins, please visit the website of the Royal Danish Mint.