• 20 Kroner 1995, KM# 879, Denmark, Margrethe II, 1000 Years of Danish Coinage
  • 20 Kroner 1995, KM# 879, Denmark, Margrethe II, 1000 Years of Danish Coinage

1995 was the 1000th anniversary of the minting of the coin of Sweyn Forkbeard. This is regarded by mint historians as the first Danish coin. This great coinage event was celebrated with the issue of a commemorative coin on 14 September 1995.

Sweyn Forkbeard (960–1014) was king of Denmark during 986–1014. In the mid-980s, Sweyn revolted against his father, Harald Bluetooth, and seized the throne. In 1000, with the allegiance of Trondejarl, Eric of Lade, Sweyn ruled most of Norway. In 1013, shortly before his death, he became the first Danish king of England after a long effort.

Margrethe II (born 16 April 1940) is the Queen of Denmark. She is also the supreme authority of the Church of Denmark and Commander-in-Chief of the Danish Defence. Born into the House of Glücksburg, a royal house with origins in Northern Germany, she was the eldest child of Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden. She succeeded her father upon his death on 14 January 1972, having had become heir presumptive to her father in 1953, when a constitutional amendment allowed women to inherit the throne. On her accession, Margrethe became the first female monarch of Denmark since Margaret I, ruler of the Scandinavian kingdoms in 1375–1412 during the Kalmar Union. In 1967, she married Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, with whom she has two sons: Crown Prince Frederik (born 1968) and Prince Joachim (born 1969). She has been on the Danish throne for 45 years, becoming the second-longest-reigning Danish monarch after her ancestor Christian IV.


In the coin centre a bust of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in a hat facing left; along the left edge Queen Margrethe II written in Latin and Runic alphabets; along the right edge Denmark written in Latin and Runic alphabets.

Runes are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets, which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet.



In the centre a crown with a cross in the background.

Mint mark (♥) inside a digit 0 in face value. The heart (♥) is the Royal Danish Mint mark (h, Copenhagen). The use of the heart is a century-old tradition, originally indicating the mint master, later the place of minting. Today, the mint mark serves no practical purpose since Danish coins are minted in only one place.

Below the crown with concave lettering initials of mint's director Laust Grove (LG).

Engraver Jan Petersen's symbol of fox head inside the letter O in MONT.

2♥0 KR.


20 Kroner

1000 Years of Danish Coinage

KM# 879 Schön# 98
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Aluminium Bronze
Weight 9.3 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2.35 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Royal Danish Mint

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