The National Bank of Denmark has issued a new silver coin in celebration of the birthday of one of Europe’s longest serving heads of state, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark who will turn 75 on the 16th April.
Princess Margrethe was born to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid in 1940, just days after the Nazi Army invaded Denmark and began its occupation of the small Scandinavian country. Unlike many European sovereigns and heads of state whose countries had been invaded, many of whom formed governments in exile but the Danish Royal family remained. The little Princess’s Grandfather King Christian X and her father Crown Princess Frederik became the focus of resistance for Danes for the war’s duration. When her father succeeded to the Throne in 1947 as Frederik IX (1899 – 1972), it was his younger brother Prince Knud (1900 – 1976) who was designated his heir as the new King had no sons. The-then Princess Margrethe was eventually given the designation of heir presumptive in 1953 after the Danish government allowed for female succession to the throne in the absence of male children and an amendment to the Danish constitution was added. Princess Margrethe succeeded to the Danish throne in January 1972 at the age of 31. She was proclaimed Queen Margrethe II from the balcony of Christiansborg Palace the following day of the death of her father by the-then Prime Minister. As such, the Queen is now the longest reigning Scandinavian Monarch with Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustav reigning from 1973 and King Harald V succeeding to the Norwegian throne in 1991 and Europe’s second longest reigning monarch after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Before her accession, Princess Margrethe married Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, a diplomat in the French Foreign Affairs ministry from 1962 who worked as a Secretary at the French embassy in London from 1963 to his marriage in 1967. The couple have two children, Crown Prince Frederik, born in 1968 and Prince Joachim, born in 1969.
Aside from her royal duties as head of state, Margrethe is an accomplished painter and has held many art exhibitions over the years. Another skill the Queen is said to have a talent for is costume designing, having created costumes for the Royal Danish Ballet and has also designed her own clothes which include colorful and sometimes dramatic clothing choices. It has been noted that had she not been Queen, she could easily have made her living in this field of creativity. It is also known that the Queen is also a keen monogram artist, providing stylish and artistic monograms for many members of her immediate family.
The coin, designed by artist & sculptor Henrik Wiberg (obverse) and Jeanette Skov Jensen (reverse) is struck by the Royal Danish Mint. The Queen is depicted in a three quarter front-facing pose, and in a departure from traditional Danish coin design, she is shown without head covering or jewellery. On the reverse, a simple letter “M” in the Queen’s own handwritten facsimile as seen on many of her watercolor paintings superimposed over a rendition of some of the elements & motifs present on some works by the Queen together with the coin’s denomination and commemorative years “1940 – 2015”.
|20 Kroner||Alum-bronze||9.3 grams||27 mm.||Proof||n/a|
|500 Kroner||.999 silver||31.1 grams||38 mm.||Proof||n/a|
Previously, there have been coins marking the Queen’s 18th, (before her accession) her 50th, 60th and 70th birthdays. This year’s 75th birthday coin brings this specific topic to five coins in total. The coins, available in pure silver, aluminium-bronze proof and UNC quality in rolls of 20 coins – can be purchased directly from the retail department of the Royal Danish Mint.
For more information, please visit their website at: https://royalmint.dk/shop/hm-queen-margrethe-254p.html Information offered in English, international orders dispatched.