The Danmarks Nationalbank have launched a series of three coins to mark the 40th anniversary of the accession of Queen Margrethe II, who became the Danish head of State on the 14th January 1972.
Queen Margrethe II was declared the Crown Princess of Denmark in 1953 when the laws of Danish succession were amended allowing for the accession of female heirs in the event that there was the absence of a male heir or if the Monarch had no sons. Princess Margrethe attained her majority in 1958 and married in 1967. Her first son, Crown Prince Frederik was born the following year with her second child, Prince Joachim following the year after. After a reign of almost 25 years, her father King Frederik IX died with the new Crown Princess becoming only the second woman to rule Denmark in its thousand year-old monarchy.
Struck at the Royal Danish Mint in Brondby, the new coins include a gold coin with a face value of 3000 Kroner (the first time for this denomination), a silver crown of 500 Kroner, and a circulation 20 Kroner coin. The design used for the obverse is the work of Sculptor Karin Lorentzen and depicts the Queen in formal dress with fur trim and wearing the collar of the order of the elephant along with the Pearl Poiré Tiara, a nineteenth-century family heirloom. The Queen has been depicted wearing this particular Tiara numerous times on both commemorative and circulation coinage. Around the portrait is the legend “MARGRETHE II DANMARKS DRONNING” with the traditional heart mintmark separating the Queen’s name and her title.
The reverse of the coin was created by Danish heraldist Ronny Andersen and shows an artistic interpretation of the Danish coat of arms which includes representations from Greenland (polar bear) and the Faeroe Islands (Ram) along with three lions passant and hearts. It was a specific request from the Queen that both Greenland and the Faeroe Islands are prominently included. The inscription reads “1972 14 JANUAR 2012” positioned above the primary design with the denomination below.
Specifications for the gold coin: Minted in .900 fineness with a weight of 8.65 grams and a diameter of 22 mm.
Specifications for the silver coin: Minted in .999 pure with a weight of 31 grams and a diameter of 38 mm.
Specifications for the 20 Kroner coin: Minted in an aluminum–bronze alloy with a weight of 9.3 grams and a diameter of 27 mm.
Struck to proof quality, the gold and silver coins are available for purchase from both the Danmarks National Bank and at the Royal Danish for their face value. The 20 Kroner coin is also available in proof quality and by pre-order.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the Danmarks Nationalbank, please visit the website of the Royal Danish mint at: http://royalmint.dk/DKM/UK/MemCoins.nsf/side/Her_Majesty_Queen_Margrethe_IIs_40th_jubilee