Pete’s Easy Guide to Danish Coins

Here are the Danish coins that end up in my pocket most often:

The major Danish coins

There are other coins in circulation, including the “ore,” 100 of which make up one krone, but the four above — 1 krone, and 2, 10 and 20 kroner coins — appear to be the big four.

It can sometimes take me years to see obvious patterns, and, indeed, it’s taken me four years to realize the symmetry among these four.

Here’s a ballparking guide for Canadians, based on June 2008 exchange, for what each is worth:

  • 1 DKK — 21 cents — “a quarter”
  • 2 DKK — 43 cents — “two quarters”
  • 10 DKK — 2.12 — “a toonie”
  • 20 DKK — 4.24 — “five bucks”

The 20 DKK coin is the killer for me, and it’s the route by which I ended up leaving a 5 dollar tip on a 7 dollar cup of coffee yesterday.


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Dan James on June 19, 2008 - 14:30 Permalink

You had a $7 cup of coffee?! Was it a cup of Kopi Luwak?

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Peter Rukavina on June 19, 2008 - 16:12 Permalink

A large cappuccino, in my limited 2-day experience as a Copenhagen coffee drinker, costs 35 DKK — $7.43 Canadian. Copenhagen is not an inexpensive city.

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vbj on June 19, 2008 - 23:55 Permalink

Apparently your visit coincides with the “latte art” festival in Copenhagen.…

Hope you can check it out. Maybe appreciating the art won’t require any DKK at all.