The 1700s

 
The monetary system was still based on talers and skillings. The Danish-Norwegian currency kurant, whose coin was the Riksdaler kurant, was used in parallel with the species currency, but its silver content was lower. Under the reign of Christian VII (1766-1808), coins were minted on which the value was designated by a double set of labels, in Riksdaler kurant and in Riksdaler species. Differences in exchange rates arose from the fact that the smaller coins had a lower silver content than the larger coins.
Above: Species taler minted under Christian VII..


 
The one-skilling from 1771 is the most common Danish-Norwegian coin from the eighteenth century. A total of 54 757 104 such skillings were struck at the mints in Altona, Copenhagen and Kongsberg from 1771 to 1785.
To the right: Christian VII, skilling (copper) 1771


 
Small, round pieces of struck precious metal were considered suitable for jewellery and other ornaments. Coins have been used in this way for as long as they have been produced. In the eighteenth century coins were used on several occasions for decorating buttons, for the traditional brooches and for official buttons.
Above: Frederick IV's eight-skillings from the period 1701 to 1715 were commonly called "wig eight-skillings" in reference to the king's hairstyle.