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4 Daler (20 Francs), Danish West Indies, 1904 - Rare coin in our collection

Just added another Rare coin to our collection.

 

It's Christian IX gold 4 Daler (20 Francs) 1904. Scarce two years issue, with low mintage of 121,00 pieces.

 

Obverse Description: Head of Christian IX facing left
Reverse Description: 20 FRANCS 4 DALER G.I..
Inscriptions: Danish West Indies 20 francs 1904
Material: Gold
Mint: Heart (Copenhagen)
Weight: 6.45 grams, 0.900 gold
Mintage: 121,000
Krause Number: KM# 72

 

The coin is graded by NGC MS64 ,a superior lustrous example of this scarce type.
Difficult to find today, especially in such fantastic condition.
Krause catalog price(s) for this item: $280 in VF, $465 in EF, $735 in UNC, $1300 in BU.

According to last sales, the price is about $1800-$2000

 

 

 

The Danish West Indies (Danish: Dansk Vestindien or De dansk-vestindiske øer) or Danish Antilles was a Danish colony in the Caribbean, first under the united kingdoms of Denmark-Norway and later, after the 1814 Treaty of Kiel, Denmark alone. The islands were sold to the United States in 1916 under the terms of the Treaty of the Danish West Indies and were organized as the United States Virgin Islands in 1917. The Danish geographical name for the constituent islands is Jomfruøerne (lit. "The Virgin Islands").
The Danish West Indies covered a total area of 185 square miles (480 km2) and in the 1850s consisted of three main islands: Sankt Thomas with 43 square miles (110 km2); Sankt Jan with 42 square miles (110 km2); and Sankt Croix of 100 square miles (260 km2).

 

 

Christian IX of Denmark (8 April 1818 – 29 January 1906) was King of Denmark from 15 November 1863 to 29 January 1906. From 1863 to 1864, he was concurrently Duke of Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg.

Growing up as a prince of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, a junior branch of the House of Oldenburg which had ruled Denmark since 1448, Christian was originally not in the immediate line of succession to the Danish throne. However, in 1852, Christian was chosen as heir to the Danish monarchy in light of the expected extinction of the senior line of the House of Oldenburg. Upon the death of King Frederick VII of Denmark in 1863, Christian acceded to the throne as the first Danish monarch of the House of Glücksburg.

The beginning of his reign was marked by the Danish defeat in the Second Schleswig War and the subsequent loss of the duchies of Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg which made the king immensely unpopular. The following years of his reign were dominated by political disputes as Denmark had only become a constitutional monarchy in 1849 and the balance of power between the sovereign and parliament was still in dispute. In spite of his initial unpopularity and the many years of political strife, where the king was in conflict with large parts of the population, his popularity recovered towards the end of his reign, and he became a national icon due to the length of his reign and the high standards of personal morality with which he was identified.

Christian married his second cousin, Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel, in 1842. Their six children married into other royal families across Europe, earning him the sobriquet "the father-in-law of Europe". Most current European monarchs are descended from him, including Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, King Philippe of Belgium, King Harald V of Norway, and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. The consorts Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Sofía of Spain are also agnatic descendants of Christian IX, as is Constantine II, the former and last King of the Hellenes.

 

 

 

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