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20 kroner DENMARK (2009) Ships - Faroese Boat

20 kroner 2009 Ships - Faroese Boat - coins of Denmark
20 kroner 2009 Ships - Faroese Boat - 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: 2009; along the top edge: MARGRETHE II DANMARKS DRONNING (Margrethe II Queen of Denmark)
reverse:
in the centre fishermen in a wooden boat going leftwards; in the background a cliff-coast of the Faroe Islands; along the right edge: FÆRØBÅD (Faroese boat); along the bottom edge face value: 20 KRONER
edge:
seven plain and seven reeded sections
issue date:
2 XI 2009
withdrawal date:
still circulating
designer:
Mogens Møller, Hans Pauli Olsen
mint:
The Royal Mint mint mark Den Kongelige Mønt (The Royal Mint), Copenhagen (mint mark before DANMARKS on the obverse)
mintage:
2009 1 200 000
interesting facts:
The Faroe Islands lack forests and therefore the traditional boats were also built from wood drifting ashore. Fisheries and transport between the islands of the archipelago required long units to cope with the sea waves. The boat equipment included also a mast and sail that were set up during favorable wind. Depending on the availability of construction material several different types of boats were built, of which the largest could fit 8 people. Today, these boats are built of plastics and are used mostly for traditional races.

A model of traditional Faroese boat with a raised sail.

Faroese Boat
photo: Knud Fuusgaard; licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0
last update: 23 II 2013

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