20 kroner: Kong Frederik IX
Series: Denmark: Ship coins
On 29 May 2012, Danmarks Nationalbank issues a new 20-krone coin featuring the ferry Kong Frederik IX. The ferry Kong Frederik IX is the 11th coin in the series which has ships as the general theme.
The ferry Kong Frederik IX was built at Elsinore Shipyard, and when it was put into service on 16 December 1954, it was the world's largest ferry. It was 114 m long and 17.7 m wide. The car deck had 257 m of railway tracks, allowing the ferry to carry 30 goods wagons. As a car ferry Kong Frederik IX could hold 115 passenger cars. The ferry served several routes e.g. between Denmark and Germany and across the Great Belt. In 1997 it was taken out of service and for a few years it served as a museum ferry at Nyborg. It was scrapped in 2005.
The motif is designed by the sculptor Elisabeth Toubro, who has created a beautiful relief of the ferry Kong Frederik IX. It shows the docking ferry with the bow open, accompanied by screeching seagulls.
20-krone coin, ordinary version
Ordinary circulation will be sold in rolls of 20 coins each. The new ship coin can be purchased from certain banks, at Danmarks Nationalbank (Banking Services) and via the Royal Danish Mint’s website from 29 May 2012. Orders are limited to a maximum of three rolls per customer. Price DKK 400.
20-krone coin, proof version – Orders only for a limited period
The coin will also be minted in a proof version for collectors. To achieve this quality, the surface of the embossing die is polished very smooth and the engraving is given a special treatment. Special coin presses are used, and each coin is embossed carefully with several strokes. The embossed areas of the coins have a silky sheen.
The proof version of the 20-krone coin can be ordered at Danmarks Nationalbank (Banking Services) and via the Royal Danish Mint’s website in the period from 29 May to 6 June 2012. Orders are limited to a maximum of three coins per customer. The proof coin will be delivered in a box. Price DKK 125.