1906, Kingdom of Norway, Haakon VII. Silver 2 Kroner Coin. National Independence!
Mint year: 1906 Mint Place: Kongsberg References: KM-363. R! Denomination: 2 Kroner – National Independence Condition: Minor edge-nicks, othewrise a ncie AU-UNC! Material: Silver (.800) Diameter: 30mm Weight: 15gm
Obverse: Crowned coat-of-arms of Norway above date (1906), split by privy mark (crossed hammers). Legend: . 2 . KRONER . / . 19 . (privy mark: crossed hammers) . 06 . Reverse: A central tree with inscription in three lines above date (1905). Border of clasped hands, decorated with burning hearts around. Legend: NORGES / AUFHAENGIGHED / GJENNEMFORT / 1905
1905 is the year when Norway and Sweden regain their independence after dissolution of the Union between Sweden and Norway. For the first time since 1397 Norway had a national king, after 500 years of political unions with other Scandinavia countries — the Kalmar Union until 1532, then Danish rule in the united kingdom of Denmark-Norway until 1814, and finally a loose personal union with Sweden until 1905.
Haakon VII (Prince Carl of Denmark and Iceland, born Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel) (3 August 1872 – 21 September 1957), known as Prince Carl of Denmark until 1905, was the first king of Norway after the 1905 dissolution of the personal union with Sweden. He was a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. As one of the few elected monarchs, Haakon quickly won the respect and affection of his people and played a pivotal role in uniting the Norwegian nation in its resistance to the Nazi invasion and subsequent five-year-long occupation of his country during World War II.
In Norway, Haakon is regarded as one of the greatest Norwegians of the twentieth century and is particularly revered for his courage during the German invasion—he threatened abdication if the government cooperated with the invading Germans—and for his leadership and preservation of Norwegian unity during the Nazi occupation. He died at the age of 85 on 21 September 1957, after having reigned for nearly 52 years.