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2 øre DENMARK (1948-1972)

2 øre 1948-1972 - coins of Denmark
2 øre 1948-1972 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
20.8 mm 3.2 g 1.66 mm Zn
obverse:
in the coin centre the monogram of King Frederick IX of Denmark; above the crown of Christian V divides the year of issue
reverse:
in the coin centre in two lines the face value: 2 / ØRE; along the bottom edge: DANMARK (Denmark)
edge:
plain
issue date:
2 IX 1948
withdrawal date:
1 IV 1973
designer:
The Royal Mint artists
mint:
The Royal Mint mint mark Den Kongelige Mønt (The Royal Mint), Copenhagen (mint mark before DANMARK on the reverse; before the mint mark the initial of mint chief Nielsen N in years 1948-1955 or Christiansen C in years 1956-1971, or Sørensen S in 1972; after DANMARK the initial of the chief engraver Salomon S)

Initials of the directors of The Royal Mint of Denmark
mintage:
1948 1 926 775 N♥S
1949 1 602 609 N♥S
1950 4 543 934 N♥S
1951 3 766 254 N♥S
1952 4 874 464 N♥S
1953 8 112 191 N♥S
1954 6 496 955 N♥S
1955 6 968 489 N♥S
1956 10 004 092 C♥S
1957 15 328 913 C♥S
1958 8 120 291 C♥S
1959 10 462 285 C♥S
1960 16 504 219 C♥S
1961 15 458 564 C♥S
1962 10 980 069 C♥S
1963 19 470 326 C♥S
1964 15 411 485 C♥S
1965 20 173 073 C♥S
1966 21 948 593 C♥S
1967 22 438 620 C♥S
1968 17 631 798 C♥S
1969 29 275 906 C♥S
1970 23 864 297 C♥S
1971 35 810 560 C♥S
1972 6 495 547 S♥S
varieties:
1967 - a) digit '7' in year of issue on the reverse right next to digit '6' or b) digit '7' clearly lower than digit '6'
mint and privy marks:
Except for the period 2002-2013 on Danish coinage next to the heart - the mint mark of the Royal Mint of Denmark, also initials of mint's directors (usually before the heart) and of main engravers (usually after the heart) were placed. Thus the following combinations are found on the modern coins: N♥S, C♥S, S♥S, S♥B, B♥B, R♥B, NR♥JP, LG♥JP, JS♥HW. Let's meet the people standing behind these initials:

mint directors

chief engravers
N 1927-1955 Niels Peter Nielsen S 1933-1968 Harald Salomon
C 1956-1971 Alfred Frederik Christiansen B 1968-1983 Frode Bahnsen
S 1971-1978 Vagn Sørensen JP 1989-2001 Jan Petersen
B 1978-1981 Peter Bjarnø HW from 2014 Henrik Wiberg
R, NR 1982-1989 Niels Nørregaard Rasmussen
LG 1989-2001 Laust Grove
JS from 2014 Jørgen Strandgaard
interesting facts:
In the first half of 1973 the Royal Mint struck 100,000 sets of coins with face values 1 and 2 øre to commemorate the fact of withdrawing these from circulation. On the contrary to the original coins, these were struck in bronze. Each set contained four coins of 1 øre (years 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964) as well as six coins of 2 øre (years 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966);

The official monogram of King Frederik IX of Denmark contains the crown of King Christian V. This regal attribute graced the heads of all the Danish kings from 1670 until 1840. Today the crown is held in the former residence of the kings of Denmark - Rosenborg Castle (now a museum). It is used nowadays only during the royal funerals (in castrum doloris).

The crown of King Christian V of Denmark
last update: 23 II 2013

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