King Christian X depicted on the last version of the 20 kroner gold coin
Born in 1870 at Charlottenlund Palace near Copenhagen, Christian was the eldest son of King Frederik VIII and grandson to King Christian X. Following the death of his father in 1912, he ascended to the throne that same year as Christian X. Consequently, he was the third and last Danish king to be depicted on the 20 kroner gold coin.
King Christian X is probably the best remembered and one of the most beloved Danish monarchs of all time. He became a symbol of opposition to Hitler’s occupation, particularly because he often rode through the streets of Denmark’s capital without the protection of his guards. In contrast to his brother, King Haakon VII of Norway, who went into exile during the Nazi occupation of his country, Christian X remained firm in Denmark throughout this period. His symbolic resistance was seen by many Danes as an act of defiance and bravery, which perhaps understandably fostered mythical stories about him. One story tells that one day a German soldier asked a young boy why the king was riding through the city with no bodyguard. The boy reportedly replied, "All of Denmark is his bodyguard".
The 20 kroner gold coins that carry the effigy of King Christian X were the most issued gold coins during Denmark’s membership of the Scandinavian Currency Union.