HCA NEWS Hans Christian Andersen medal possibly on the way

In connection with Hans Christian Andersen's 200th birthday, the Danish Minister of Economic and Business Affairs Bendt Bendtsen is considering creating a special Hans Christian Andersen medal.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 05 March 2003

A special Hans Christian Andersen medal may be the result of a proposal by Danish numismatists to create a Hans Christian Andersen gold coin in connection with the writer's 200th birthday in 2005.

Such a gold coin would be contrary to the Danish tradition of depicting only the sovereign or high-ranking members of the royal family on coins. Something not even Hans Christian Andersen can compete with.

However, the Danish National Bank believes that a medal in honor of Hans Christian Andersen may be a possibility as an alternative to the gold coin. This would avoid a breach with Danish minting tradition and, therefore, according to several Danish media sources, Minister of Economic and Business Affairs Bendt Bendtsen believes that such a medal should be considered.