Trivia: Millennium Coins Part 8 Scandinbavia
Forgive me for mispelling "Scandinavia" in this heading of this post
This week's tour of 2nd Millennium Coins brings us to the coins of Scandinavian countries which were minted by them or other mints during the year 2000.
Those countries and posessions are:
Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
The lowest denomination coin minted by Denmark in the year 2000 is this
Bronze 25 Ore
The coin photo is of a 1999 25 Ore which was struck first in 1990 and, later, in 2000.
Bronze 50 Ore
was minted from 1990 through 2000.
The next 2000 coin is a
It was first struck in 1992. The photo shows a 1997 which is the same type Krone as a 2000.
Copper-nickel Two Kroner
This coin was first struck in 1992 and, as you can see by the photo, again in '93 (and all the years afterwards through 2000.
The next picture shows both sides of a
Copper-Nickel Five Kroner
and was struck from 1990 through 2000:
In 2000 only, this
Aluminum-Bronze Alloy 20 Kroner
was produced as a commemorative of Queen Margrethe's 60th Birthday:
And, finally, in Denmark, another silver (1 oz. ASW, 9990 Fine) Commemorative of the Queen's 60th Birthday, was made. The design (obverse and reverse) is the same as the 20 kroner. Just look at the 20 Kroner image again and visualize a 38mm coin with the denomination being 200 Kroner instead of 20.
Denmark provides the coins for the Faroe Islands so the same coins already examined under DENMARK are the ones circulating there.
In 2000 the lowest denomination coin minted by Finland is the
Copper-nickel Alloy 50 Pennia
which was previously struck in the years 1990 through '99. The one pictured here is dated 1992:
The next 2000 coin we will look at is a
22mm Aluminum-Bronze One Markka
Finland's Mint struck only 100,000 coins for circulation, but also produced an unknown amount of proof One Markka coins.
Guess what? The next Finnish coin is a 24.5mm
Copper-aluminum-nickel Alloy Five Markkaa
with a Lake Saimaa Seal on the obverse. The coin in the photo is dated 1994. The 2000 dated coin was struck as a business strike and in proof.
A 10 Markkaa bi-metallic (brass center in copper-nickel ring) coin was struck beginning in 1993. A Capercallie bird adorns the obverse. Both business strikes and proofs were made.
Now, a funny thing happened on the way through the 2nd millennium year (2000) before the 2000 Euro coinage of Finland was produced; their mint created three (3) different silver (.9250 fine and .6543 oz. ASW) 100 Markkaa coins:
No photos of any of the three are available, but here's a description of the three:
Coin 1) 15,000 were struck for circulation.
Coin 1) 3,000 proofs were minted.
Coin 1) Commemorating the Jubilee Year 2000. Obverse has an artist's rendering of the Turku Cathedral Vault Ceiling. Reverse features a leaf.
Coin 2) A mere 10,000 coins were struck for numismatists.
Coin 2) Commemorates 450th Anniversary of Helsinki Cultural Festival. Obverse bears a symbolic column design while the reverse features a carved view of Helsinki.
Coin 3) Honors Aleksis Kivi on the reverse, while "books on shelves" adorns the obverse.
Coin 3) The Finnish Mint struck 10,000 coins for collectors in uncirculated and another 6,000 in proof.
Remember me telling you "A strange thing happened?"
1999 was the year Euro Coinage began in Finland, so I'm introducing the first 2nd Millennium Euro Coins of Finland which were struck in the 2nd Millennium Year 2000.
Here's the Copper Plated Steel One Euro Cent
The photo is dated 1999, but the design type remained through 2002.
7,670,000 2000 1 Euro Cent coins were minted plus an unknown amount of proofs.
Copper Plated Steel Two Euro Cents
14,007,000 2 Euro Cents were made as business strikes and an unknown number of proofs were produced in the year 2000.
Copper Plated Steel Five Euro Cents
56,450,000 5 Euro Cents coins were minted in the year 2000 along with an unknown number of proofs.
Brass Ten Euro Cents
167,519,000 10 Euro Cents along with an unknown amount of proofs were created in 2000.
Brass 20 Euro Cents
570,000 of these were authorized in 2000. An unknown number of proofs were struck.
Brass 50 Euro Cents
67,167,000 were struck for circulation and an unknown number of proofs were minted.
The following Euro coin is a full
This coin is a bi-metallic coin which has a copper-nickel center in a brass ring.
36,709,000 business strikes were produced and an unknown amount of proofs were produced.
AND the final Finland year 2000 coin we get to examine is this
of which 8,750,000 were struck for circulation and an unknown number of proofs were struck.
This coin is a bi-metallic consisting of a brass center in a copper-nickel ring:
Danish paper currency and coins are the Legal Tender money of Greenland.
Nickel-coated Steel Krona
These Nickel-coated Steel coins were first struck in 1989 (5,000,000 of them) and again during the years '91 (5,180,000), '92 (5,000,000), '94 (5,000,000) '96 (5,000,000), '99 (10,000,000) and 2000 (a mere 10,000). The date on the coin in the photo is 1991. That's a codfish on the reverse.
Nickel Clad Steel Five Kronur
That's a dolphin on the reverse. This composition and design was used in '96, '99 and 2000. Again only 10,000 were strick in 2000.
Nickel Clad Steel Ten Kronur
Four national icons are featured on the obverse. Those are capelins on the reverse. Only 10,000 were minted.
Nickel-brass 50 Kronur
These were only struck in '87, '92 and 2000.
Nickel-brass 100 Kronur
These with a lumpfish on the reverse were struck only in the years '95 and 2000 (10,000 minted)
The next coin you'll examine is a very special Commemorative for Iceland and for the United States. It is composed of .9000 fine silver (.7720 oz. ASW). It is the Leif Erickson Commemorative
Silver 1000 Kronur
with the featured image of Leif on the reverse and the quartered design of an eagle, a dragon, a bull and a giant. NOTE: This coin was designed and minted by the United States Mint.
Another coin was produced by Iceland in 2000 made of .9000 fine gold (.02503 oz. AGW. It is a 10,000 Kronur. It is a commemorative tribute to "1000 Years of Christianity." The obverse features Iceland's National Arms and the reverse bears an engraver's idea of an "old crosier top."
I couldn't locate a photo.
In 2000 Norway's lowest produced coin denomination is the
Bronze 50 Ore
This coin (composition, design and denomination) was first struck in 1996 with a mintage of 81,856,200 business strike coins. In 2000, 18,979,552 business strikes were produced along with an unknown number of proofs.
This coin (composition and design) was 1st minted in 1997, as well as '98, '99 and 2000. Business strikes and unknown amounts of proofs were produced for each of those years.
That's a monogrammed cross on the obverse:
Copper-nickel Five Kroner
is a tribute to Saint Olaf. The first of this type was minted in 1998 (47,701,00 for circulation and 10,000 proofs for collectors). The mintage figures for the year 2000 is 9,691,387 for circulation and 10,000 proofs:
As you will discern from seeing the date on our next coin's image, it was first struck in 1995. In 2000 1,096,727 business strikes were made and an unknown amount of proofs were struck:
In 2000 Norway produced two different
coins. Coin type 1 is composed of an alloy of Copper-zinc-nickel and was first struck in 1994. In 2000 11,112,370 business strikes were made along with 10,000 proofs.
And coin type 2 is a:
Nickel-brass 20 Kroner
which was only struck in 2000 (1,032,307 for circulation. No proofs) as a tribute to the Millennium. King Harald V's head is prominently featured on the obverse and the artistry on the reverse depicts an "unknown road" leading Norwegians (and, I guess, the rest of us earthly inhabitants) into the future.
Another Millennium coin, specifically a
was struck in gold (0.9175 fineness, 0.4994 oz. AGW) with King Harald V on the obverse and the "Tree of life" with its roots prominently featured on the reverse. (No Photo).
Sweden's lowest denomination of coinage for 2000 is the
of which there are two types.
Type 1 has Carl XVI Gustaf on the obverse (notice the head size) and Sweden's coat-of-arms on the reverse:
Type 2 (no photo) is a direct trtibute to the Millennium. King Harald's head is smaller then type 1, the date is from 5:00 o'clock to 3:00 o'clock instead of split at 6:00 o'clock. The reverse has a crowned Monogram instead of the coat-of-arms.
The next denomination minted in 2000 is a
Copper-nickel Clad Nickel Five Kronor
The photo you'll soon be looking at is dated 1988 and is composed of Copper-nickel which makes it different from the 2000 5 Kronor, but the design on both sides is the same design.
Our third Swedish coin is a
Copper-aluminum-zinc Ten Kronor
whose type was first minted in 1991 and last minted in 2000.
And that brings this week's trivia to an end. Are you enjoying all the 2nd Millennium Year 2000 datum?
Last edited by Clinker; 03-16-2008 at 07:46 PM.
Reason: Correct Spelling
norway also made a 100 kroner silver millenium coin
Thanks for the info Clinker.....
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many thanks! thats alot of info clinker.. very cool.
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Thanks for the info. None of my sources mentioned A silver 100 K.
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