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20 kroner DENMARK (2006) Towers - Three Brothers

20 kroner 2006 Towers - Three Brothers - coins of Denmark
20 kroner 2006 Towers - Three Brothers - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
27.0 mm 9.3 g 2.35 mm Cu92Al6Ni2
in the coin centre inside a ring head of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark facing right; along the bottom edge year of issue: 2006; along the top edge: MARGRETHE II DANMARKS DRONNING (Margrethe II Queen of Denmark)
in the centre inside a disk Greenlandic cairns "Three Brothers"; in the background a Greenlandic symbol for the Sun; along the top edge: TRE BRØDRE (Three Brothers); along the bottom edge face value: 20 KRONER
seven plain and seven reeded sections
issue date:
27 IX 2006
withdrawal date:
still circulating
Mogens Møller, Niels Motzfeldt
The Royal Mint mint mark Den Kongelige Mønt (The Royal Mint), Copenhagen (mint mark before DANMARKS on the obverse)
2006 1 200 000 + 8 600 in sets "Towers"
interesting facts:
No one knows who and when set up three man-sized cairns on a tiny rocky island off the coast of western Greenland. The fact is that the Three Brothers (in Greenlandic Nukariit) stand there long enough that the island itself and dozens of surrounding islands built from the same geological formation were named Tre Brødre. These rocky islands protect sailors from high waves on the path to the capital of Greenland, Nuuk, but do not make the navigation easy. The cairns were probably supposed to function as a simple beacon, but they have become one of the symbols of Greenland.

Three Brothers
photo: Lars Maltha Rasmussen; licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0
last update: 23 II 2013

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