Shetland Islands (Schetlandia) is a part of Scotland,
UK with capital Lerwick. The Shetland archipelago comprises some 100
islands, 15 of them inhabited, and lies at the sub-Arctic latitude of 60o
North and 1o West. The land area totals 567 square miles (1469
square kilometers), and the population approximately 23,000.
Shetland became the last part of the the geographical
British Isles to leave the Kingdom of Norway (which was at that time ruled
from Copenhagen), when the royal lands there were pawned without limit of
time, as part of a Dano-Scottish royal marriage dowry, in the year 1469.
Despite the unilateral annexation by Scotland in
1472 (never formally recognized by Norway) Norse law remained in force until
1611. However, the Norn language was commonly spoken well into the
eighteenth century. leaving vestiges right down to the present day, and
Shetland has thus developed an individual character of its own.
All is now changing in Europe, and the advent of the
Euro will shortly leave only Pound and Kroner; possibly only the latter, to
remind us of a noble currency heritage.
Kroner" commemorative coins present a unique and lasting tribute to
Shetland's Scandinavian connection at an unprecedented time in European
history, and the landmark 1999 Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races visit to the
Obverses: Route of the
Tall Ships from 23rd July to 18th August 1999 with the flags of France,
Scotland, United Kingdom, Shetland and Denmark. The ships' visit to
Shetland, 9th to 12th August, coincides with the European total solar
eclipse of August 11th, represented to the right.
Reverses: Ten different
designs, representing in full color the largest "Class A" ships
participating to Shetland, and their countries of origin, and the
Scandinavian flags of the northern countries and regions, with Shetland's at
center-left. Standard issue coins have milled edges, precious metal coins
have plain edges, and both versions are marked "5" in keeping with "crown
size" numismatic tradition.
The race would start from St. Malo
(France) to Greenock (Scotland,
UK) and then to to Lerwick (Shetland Islands), and then finally to Aalborg
(Denmark). 10 Ships that were called for "Cutty
Sark Tall Ships' Race", these were:
Alexander von Humboldt -
54.2 meters (Germany)
Christian Radich - 62.8
Cuauhtemoc - 92.2 meters
Danmark - 74 meters
Eendracht - 55.5 meters
Kruzenshtern - 104.2
Pogoria - 51.1 meters
Statsraad Lehmkuhl - 78.9
Swan fan Makkum - 49.7
- 56.4 meters (Norway)
Standard issue in Cupro-Nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel) = 1000 pieces.
Prestige issues Sterling Silver (92.5%) = 250 pieces and 22 carat gold on
Sterling Silver issue = 250 pieces. All struck to proof quality with 38mm
diameter crown size, at Tower Mint, London. Promoters of these coins were
"Shetland Numismatics Ltd Skellister. South Nesting, Shetland, UK".
I purchased my
Radich, Danmark and
"Sheltand Kroner" coins from Leif Larsson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
He belongs from Sweden and when I asked him, which ship won the race, he
told me that this race did not took place.