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25 Øre 1913, Greenland

in Krause book Number: 11c
Years of issue: 1913 - 1935
Edition: --
Signatures: Jens Daugaard-Jensen, Barner Rasmussen
Serie: Serie of 1913
Specimen of: 1913
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 102 х 69
Printer: Andreasen & Lachmann, Hestemøllestræde 6, København (01.07.1911 - 1958)

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25 Øre 1913




25 Øre 1913

Somateria mollissima Somateria mollissima Somateria mollissimaCentered is The Common eider borealis.

Borealis subspecies inhabits the islands of the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean on Baffin Island in the east to the Franz Josef Land, including Greenland, Iceland, on Ellesmere Island, Jan Mayen, Bear island, Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides, an archipelago of Svalbard.

The common eider (Somateria mollissima) is a large (50-71 cm. (20-28 in.) in body length) sea-duck that is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat farther south in temperate zones, when it can form large flocks on coastal waters. It can fly at speeds up to 113 km/h (70 mph).

The eider's nest is built close to the sea and is lined with the celebrated eiderdown, plucked from the female's breast. This soft and warm lining has long been harvested for filling pillows and quilts, but in more recent years has been largely replaced by down from domestic farm-geese and synthetic alternatives. Although eiderdown pillows or quilts are now a rarity, eiderdown harvesting continues and is sustainable, as it can be done after the ducklings leave the nest with no harm to the birds.

On top is an inscription: "Denne anvisning gælder ved Handelsstederne i Grønland for.." (This instruction applies to Commercial sites in Greenland for..).

On bottom is an inscription: "Styrelsen af kolonierne i Grønland" (Colonial authority in Greenland).

Denominations are on the right and left sides and in all corners.


25 Øre 1913

Centered is a big rising sun.


On left side is Greenlandic coat of arms with the crown.

The coat of arms of Greenland is a blue shield featuring a silver polar bear. This symbol was first introduced in the coat of arms of Denmark in 1666 and it is still represented in the arms of the Danish royal family.

The version currently used by the government of Greenland was designed by Greenlandic artist Jens Rosing. The polar bear symbolizes the fauna of Greenland and the blue (azure) color designates the Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean Greenland is washed by. Instead of the Danish version in the royal arms which follows the heraldic tradition in raising the right forepaw, the polar bear on the Greenlandic coat of arms raises the left forepaw, due to the traditional Inuit belief that polar bears are left-handed.

A similar arms is used by the official Danish government representative in Greenland. In this case, the bear raises its right paw, and the shield is crowned with the royal crown.

A blazon in heraldic terms is: Azure, a polar bear rampant argent.

The polar bear was first included as a symbol of Greenland in the Danish coat of arms during the reign of King Frederick III of Denmark, but did not gain widespread use on its own until the early XX century.


On the right side is danish coat of arms (Danmarks rigsvaben). One of the main state symbols of the country. Its present form was adopted in 1972. Consists of three blue lions and leopard, surrounded by 9 red hearts on a gold shield. Top coat is crowned by the king's crown.

On bottom is an inscription: "Styrelsen af kolonierne i Grønland" (Colonial authority in Greenland).

Denominations are centered.