Denmark: 25 øre 1991

The øre is de subunit of the Danish krone. This is not the coin I wrote about in the about-section but it is of that kind. A lot of different countries use currencies with names similar to the Danish krone (Norwegian krone, Swedish krona, Icelandic króna and Czech koruna) and here we get an example of why. One side of the coin features a nice crown and krone basically means crowns. For the Scandinavian countries the name was taken during the founding of the Scandinavian Monetary Union in 1873. During the 19th century the Scandinavian countries turned to friendship instead of hostility and the union was a strategy to stabilize the currencies with support from each other. The crown is an obvious symbol of monarchy.

A little heart can be found on the coin and this is a symbol that’s been used in Denmark for several hundred years. Originally the hearts may have been lily pads transformed into hearts through the centuries. This symbol can also be found in the national coat of arms of Denmark.


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4 responses to “Denmark: 25 øre 1991

  1. Very interesting. I don’t know much about Scandinavian coins (I have only one from Denmark and one from Finland) but I’d like to get more and learn more of the history behind them.

    • Do you only collect coins of finer metals, or any coin there is (like me)? I’m trying to get one coin from each country for instance, which has turned out to be an impossible task.

      • And to be picky, Finland isn’t a part of Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway and Denmark), but it is a part of Norden – “the Nordic countries” together with the Scandinavian countries, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. 🙂

  2. I collect both base and precious metal coins. I actually have more base metal coins than anything else, if only because I’m not exactly that rich! One coins from each country sounds pretty tough though, since a few are hard to track down anything from. I have a few interesting, not so common (at least in the US) modern coins that I want to write about.

    Thanks for clearing up the Finland/Scandinavia thing. I know their language is a lot different from the others, I just mix up those geographical terms sometimes.

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