Micronations:

Kingdom of Elleore

 

 

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1969

USNS-KEL-C 001

Year: 1969
Material:
Silver
Condition: Prooflike
Designer:
Mint: 

Mintage: 
Weight:
Diameter:
25 mm
Denomination:
11 Disser
Edge type: Plain

Shield of Elleore

Royal Cipher of King Erik II

1979

USNS-KEL-C 002

Year: 1979
Material:
Copper-plated
Condition: Unc
Designer:
Mint: 

Mintage: 
Weight:
Diameter:
35 mm
Denomination:
1 Leo d'Or
Edge type: Plain

Arms of Elleore

King Leo II

1983

USNS-KEL-C 003

Year: 1983
Material:
Antiqued Copper
Condition: Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 
Weight:
Diameter:
35 mm
Denomination:
2 Leo d'Or
Edge type: Plain

Grand Duke of Kajsnude's Arms

King Os (not Leo III)

1984

USNS-KEL-C 004

Year: 1984
Material:
Bronze
Condition: Unc
Designer:
Mint: 

Mintage: 
Weight:
Diameter:
35 mm
Denomination:
3 Leo d'Or
Edge type: Plain

Archduke of NÝr Len's Arms

Hans Neerbek

2003

USNS-KEL-C 005

Year: 2003
Material:
Nickel-plated
Condition: Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 
Weight:
Diameter:
35 mm
Denomination:
2 Leo d'Or
Edge type: Plain

Arms of Elleore

Queen Leodora I

The Kingdom of Elleore was established in 1944 when a group of schoolteachers purchased the small island of Elleore in the firth of Roskilde, for use as a summer camp, and then proclaimed its independence from Denmark.

Elleore is roughly triangular in shape - each side approximately 400 metres long - and its only permanent residents are a population of birds, however the Kingdom's human citizens are permitted to visit for one week every year. The journey from Roskilde takes 17 minutes by rowboat. Although little known outside Scandinavia it is one of the longest-lived micronations of the modern era, and has periodically minted coins since 1969.

Based on information supplied by Prime Minister J K Nielsen, Earl Campi Deux, the line of Elleore's royal rulers began with Erik I (reigning 1945-49) and was followed by Leo I (1949-60), Erik II (1961-72), Leo II (1972-86), Queen Leodora I (1986-2003) and the present King Leo III, who was crowned on 22 February, 2003.

The man featured on USNS-KEL-C-004 is Hans Neerbek, the founder of the Kingdom of Elleore, who is known as "His Grace the Archduke of NÝr Len". The Danish inscription on this coin translates as "Father of the Kingdom, Our Beloved". The Archduke was the brother of Leo II, but never reigned as king himself.

There appears to be some controversy surrounding the 1983 coin that features a king identified as Leo III. According to Prime Minister Nielsen USNS-KEL-C-003 displays the double profile of the Grand Duke of Kajsnude, who was "crowned for one day" in 1983, and reigned as King Os I, although the coronation was only considered symbolic, and he is not officially listed as a King of Elleore. Mr Nielsen states that the coin was prepared in advance of the coronation, and that the use of the name Leo III was a mistake.

© 2005, USNS / G Cruickshank. Information and scans courtesy of J K Nielsen and G Cruickshank.