The Danmarks Nationalbank have issued their latest coin in the popular “Ship” series, this is the twelfth coin issued and thus, also the last. The “ship” series first began in 2007 with the issue of the surveillance vessel Vædderen (the Ram) as its motif. Successive coins were issued at the rate of two per year with the second coin for 2012 being launched just before the end of this year.
The new coin depicts the simple Fishing Vessel. For most Danes, wooden fishing vessels are the essence of Denmark’s fishing tradition. These vessels were built by small, local boat builders in Danish coastal towns, and although they met competition from steel vessels during the 20th century, they were used right up to the 1980s. The reason why these vessels were so popular was that they were eminently suited for the fishing of popular types of seafood in coastal waters. In the 1970s and 1980s larger, more efficient vessels, which could also be used for industrial fishing, became more prevalent. The last wooden fishing vessel was launched in 1982, but many of the old fishing vessels can still be seen in Danish ports, where they are used by tourists and anglers.
The fishing vessel depicted on the reverse side of the coin is the first one built at Hvide Sande in 1954. It was named ”Skjold” RI. 75. The coin’s designer is the sculptor Magrete Sørensen. The obverse of the coin includes a more recent portrait of HM Queen Margrethe II which was introduced in 2010 and now used on the two denominations of 10 and 20 Kroner and commemorative coins.
The coin, struck by the Royal Danish Mint is a 20 Kroner denomination and minted in both BU and Proof quality of aluminium-bronze with a weight of 9.3 grams and a diameter of 27 mm.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Danish Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.royalmint.dk/dkm/UK/Themes.nsf/side/Fishing_Vessel International orders fulfilled – information offered in English.