There is a tradition in Denmark to issue commemorative coins to mark special events in the royal family – e.g. accession to the throne, jubilees, weddings, silver and gold wedding anniversaries, and special birthdays. There is, however, one exception: the coin issued in 1995 to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the first official Danish coin.
As for ordinary coins denominated for high amounts, the commemorative coins bear a portrait of the monarch on the obverse, but usually a different portrait to that used on the ordinary coins in circulation. All the coins are legal tender and can be exchanged at face value at Danmarks Nationalbank.
A new portrait of the Queen
In occasion of the Queen's 70th birthday, the sculptress Lis Nogel has designed a fine new portrait. The new portrait is also to be used on the ordinary 10- and 20-krone coins from 2011 onwards.
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