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20 kroner DENMARK (2005) Towers - Church in Landet

20 kroner 2005 Towers - Church in Landet - coins of Denmark
20 kroner 2005 Towers - Church in Landet - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
27.0 mm 9.3 g 2.35 mm Cu92Al6Ni2
obverse:
in the coin centre inside a ring head of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark facing right; along the bottom edge year of issue: 2005; along the top edge: MARGRETHE II DANMARKS DRONNING (Margrethe II Queen of Denmark)
reverse:
in the centre inside a disk the tower of the Landet Church as seen by a lying man; leaves of chestnut around the tower; along the top edge: LANDET KIRKE, along the bottom edge face value: 20 KRONER
edge:
seven plain and seven reeded sections
issue date:
28 I 2005
withdrawal date:
still circulating
designer:
Mogens Møller, Øivind Nygård
mint:
The Royal Mint mint mark Den Kongelige Mønt (The Royal Mint), Copenhagen (mint mark before DANMARKS on the obverse)
mintage:
2005 1 200 000 + 8 600 in sets "Towers"
interesting facts:
Church in Landet on the Tåsinge island was built in the Romanesque style in the late 11th and early 12th centuries. In 1889, it was a silent witness to a love tragedy that has later inspired many musicians and screenwriters. The forbidden love (expressed by two convex hearts below letter L in LANDET on the coin reverse) of Danish circus artist Elvira Madigan and Swedish officer Sixten Sparre finished by a double suicide using a revolver (the concave shape can be found among the leaves at the right edge of the reverse). Lovers were burried in the neighboring graves under the chestnut tree in the cemetery of the Landet church) (hence the chestnut leaves and the specific perspective of the tower on the reverse).

Church in Landet
photo: Bentler; licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0
last update: 23 II 2013

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