The Denmark 1930 2 Kroner coin was a one year type coin issued to commemorate the 60th birthday of King Christian X.
Minted at the Copenhagen Mint, the coins were issued with a composition of 80% silver and a diameter of 31 mm making for a fairly decent sized silver coin.
The obverse, engraved by Andreas Frederik Vilhelm Hansen, features a bust design of King Christian X facing left. At the base of the Christian’s neck is the moneyer or engraver’s initials “AH”. On the outer periphery is the phrase “CHRISTIAN X KONGE AF DANMARK” or as translated to “CHRISTIAN X KING OF DENMARK”. To the left of the year of issue is the Copenhagen mint mark symbol (a heart) and to the right of the date is the Mint Offical’s initial “N” for Niels Peter Nielsen.
The reverse design, engraved by Harald Salomon, features an image of the Royal Coat of Arms. Typically, Denmark’s National coat of arms is used on coinage but to honor the King’s 60th birthday the royal coat of arms was used. Above the design is the dual date “1870-1930” while below is the denomination and country name “2 KRONER DANMARK”. To the left of the designer are the moneyer or engraver’s initials “HS”.
Interestingly the royal coat of arms features a small elephant at its base which is the symbol of the “Order of the Elephant” which is bestowed on royalty and heads of state. The image of the elephant is always displayed facing right but the image on the coin shows the elephant facing left. Was this an accident? Use of artistic license? Or a deliberate act against Christian X? It is hard to believe it was an accident so it leaves the collector with an interesting mystery. The most likely scenario is that it was simply an artistic license as the Order of the Elephant which does not dictate the direction of the elephant symbol but as collectors we do love controversy.
Being a circulating commemorative it was saved by many making it an affordable coin purchase in high grades.