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20 kroner DENMARK (2008) Ships - Motor Ship Selandia

20 kroner 2008 Ships - Motor Ship Selandia - coins of Denmark
20 kroner 2008 Ships - Motor Ship Selandia - 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: 2008; along the top edge: MARGRETHE II DANMARKS DRONNING (Margrethe II Queen of Denmark)
reverse:
in the centre the Motor Ship Selandia on simplified waves leftwards; below schematic image of a Diesel engine; along the top edge: SELANDIA; along the bottom edge face value: 20 KRONER
edge:
seven plain and seven reeded sections
issue date:
17 IV 2008
withdrawal date:
still circulating
designer:
Mogens Møller, Torben Ebbesen
mint:
The Royal Mint mint mark Den Kongelige Mønt (The Royal Mint), Copenhagen (mint mark before DANMARKS on the obverse)
mintage:
2008 1 200 000
interesting facts:
Ship "Selandia" ("Zealand") is considered the first motor ship of the world. Burmeister & Wain Shipyard in Copenhagen prepared a diesel engine powerful enough to propel the oceanic ship. Two such engines were installed for the first time on the 112-meter cargo-passenger ship Selandia. The ship was launched in 1911 and after a successful maiden trip to Bangkok, Thailand, the Danish East Asiatic Company ordered more units of this type. This was the beginning of the reign of internal combustion engines on the oceans. Selandia sank in 1942 after going aground off the coast of Yokohama, Japan.

Motor Ship Selandia
photo: archive of The Library of Congress
last update: 23 II 2013

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