The Danmarks Nationalbank will issue (29th May) their latest coin in the popular “Ships” series which illustrates well-known or distinguished sea-faring vessels in Denmark. The new design features the “Kong Frederik IX” Ferry, built at Elsinore Shipyard. When it was put into service on 16 December 1954 it was the world’s largest ferry serving several routes between Denmark and Germany and across the Great Belt. In 1997 it was de-commissioned and for a few years it served as a museum ferry at Nyborg but in 2005, the ferry was eventually scrapped.
Struck at the Royal Danish Mint and designed by sculptor Elisabeth Toubro, the coin with a face value of 20 Kroner includes an image of the Ferry on the high seas with the text “KONG FREDERIK IX” over the design with the denomination appearing below. The obverse of the coin includes the more recent portrait of HM Queen Margrethe II which has been used on Danish commemorative and circulation coins since 2010. The year of issue “2012” appears below the portrait.
The coin is produced in aluminum bronze weighing 9.3 grams and has a diameter of 27 mm. The coin will also be minted in proof quality for collectors in limited quantity. The proof version can be ordered via the Royal Danish Mint’s website from 29 May to 6 June 2012. Orders are limited to a maximum of three coins per customer. This is the 11th coin in the series, the 12th and final coin is scheduled to be issued in the autumn.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Danmarks Nationalbank and the Royal Danish Mint, please visit the Mint’s website at: http://www.royalmint.dk/