Danish West Indies


5 Francs, 1905

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Front: King Christian IX (1818-1906), King of Denmark 1863-1906

Christian grew up in Denmark, and was educated in the Military Academy of Copenhagen. In 1847 he married Louise of Hesse-Kassel, a niece of Christian VIII. Since it appeared that the future Frederik VII was incapable of fathering any children, Christian VIII chose him as heir presumptive to the Danish throne in 1847. Christian succeeded Frederik VII to the throne in 1863.

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Danish West Indies consists of the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, and 62 islets located in the Caribbean Sea 40 miles east of Puerto Rico. During the 17th century the islands were held at various times by Spain, Holland, England, France and Denmark. Control of the 100-island chain finally passed to Denmark and England. The Danish islands were purchased by the U.S. in 1917. U.S. Dollar is the official currency since 1917. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Virgin Islands.




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