The Royal Copenhagen Memory Plates

Royal Copenhagen began producing Commemorative Plates (also called Memory Plates) in 1888.  In 1970, Royal Copenhagen published a book titled The Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory Plates (also called "The Gray Book") which pictured and described most of the Memory plates that had been issued; the numbers assigned in this book have become the standard identifier for the plates, and is shown in the first column below.  (I have a few copies of this 1970 book available for sale; please inquire.)

Most plates are pictured in this book:

Christmas Plates from Royal Copenagen and Bing & Grondahl:  An excellent book is available which pictures most of the Commemorative plates, Christmas plates, Mother's Day plates, Children's Day plates, and other plate series by both companies. Also included are Royal Copenhagen annual mugs, the 2010 series Plaquettes, and the rare overglaze Royalty Silhouette Plaques (starting in 1906 with Christian IX). B&G series include Christmas Jubilee plates, Easter Plaques, Christmas in America, Windjammers, and B&G Centennial items. Plus Aluminia plates and Michelsen Christmas spoons.  Fully illustrated, with price guides (2004), 9"x12" hardbound, $49.95 cover price, my price $35. An EXCELLENT resource for dealers and collectors alike; you NEED this book!

The size of the plate is shown in inches.  All of these plates were issued in Limited Editions; the number of plates issued is listed in the "L.E." column when known;  "N/L" means that the edition size is Not Listed in any of the reference books.  All of these plates are First Quality and in excellent condition -- no chips, cracks, or significant defects -- but all were hand produced, most of them in coal fired kilns, so the original manufacturing process created plates with more variation and anomalies than would be acceptable if produced using modern techniques.  The plates were individually inspected at the factory; plates with significant defects were marked as Second Quality by cutting a vertical scratch through the three wavy line trademark.

There were some error in sizes and edition sizes in the Gray Book; see ** and notes at bottom. 

Photos: You can click on any Description which appears in BLUE to see a photo of the plate. Otherwise, you can request photos of individual plates or buy the book.  The photos were not all taken under uniform lighting, so color varies more in the photos than in the plates.  All plates are traditional Copenhagen blue and white EXCEPT #26, 176, 178 and186 which are gray and white; #28 where the polar bear is off-white; and #30 which has a hint of yellow at the mouth of the volcano.

#

Date

Description or Event

Size

L.E.

My Price

1

1888

Scandinavian Exhibition

6.75

1200

$150

2

1892

50th Anniversary: King Chr. IX & Q.Louise

6.75

1200

Sold

3

1894

Prince Frederik & Louise 25th Anniversary

7.00

1200

Sold

3A

1894

Prince Frederik & Louise 25th Anniversary

11.75

**

Sold

4

1895

Women's Exhibition in Copenhagen

7.00

1200

$ 65

5

1895

Women's Exhibition: Diploma of Honor

8.75

13

Sold

6

1896

Wedding Louise & Frederick

6.75

1200

$ 45

7

1896

Wedding Carl & Maud (Norway/England)

6.75

1200

$ 65

8

1897

Wedding Ingeborg & Carl (Sweden)

6.75

1200

$ 45

9

1897

Women's Building, 1896-1900

6.50

1200

$ 45

10

1897

Arts & Industry Exh. Stockholm

7.25

1200

Ask

11

1897

Stockholm Exh., Swedish Crown

9.00

100

Sold

12

1897

Stockholm Exh., 3 Wavy Lines

9.00

100

Sold

13

1897

Jutland Farmers Assc., Bull/Clover

7.25

1200

Sold

14

1897

Odd Fellows Hosp., Dragon & Rapier

7.25

1500

$ 65

15

1897

St. George & the Dragon

11.5

100

Sold

16

1897

Queen Louise's 80th Birthday

9.25

1200

Sold

16A

1897

Queen Louise's 80th Birthday, w/Gold

9.25

**

Sold

17

1898

King Chr. IX's 80th Birthday

9.25

1200

Sold

17A

1898

King Chr. IX's 80th Birthday, w/Gold

9.25

**

Sold

18

1898

Wedding Chr. X & Alexandrine

6.75

2500

Sold

19

1898

Tourist Association

7.25

800

Sold

20

1898

Nakskov Exhibition

7.75

500

$75

21

1898

Soldiers Monument, 1848-1898

7.25

850

Ask

22

1898

Icelandic Falcon

8.50

2500

$100

23

1898

Teilmann Arms

6.75

600

$100

24

1898

Cenotaph on Skamlingsbanken

8.75

1200

Sold

25

1898

Art Society of 18 November, 1898

8.25

300

Sold

26

1899

Battle of Fredericia, 50th Anniversay

12.5

200

Sold

27

1899

50th Anniversay, Olaf Rye

6.75

1000

Sold

28

1899

Odd Fellows: Polar Bear on Ice Flow **

16.0

150**

$2750

29

1899

Odd Fellows: Iceland Geyser

11.0

200

Sold

30

1899

Odd Fellows: Iceland Volcano

11.0

200

Sold

31

1899

Odd Fellows: Iceland Waterfall

11.0

200

Sold

32

1899

Mason on Scaffold

8.75

600

$150

33

1899

Odd Fellows Insignia

7.00

500

$75

34

1899

Masonic Insignia

7.00

800

$70

35

1899

Eagle on Branch

7.00

100

$600

36

1899

Royal Theater in Copenhagen

8.50

35

Sold

37

1900

Viking Ship

7.25

600

Ask

39

1901

Sphinx on Globe, Turn of Century

8.75

500

Sold

40

1901

Glasgow Exhibition / Thistles

7.25

262

$150

41

1901

Vordingborg Exhibition

7.75

455

$75

42

1902

Coronation Edward VII & Queen Alexandra

6.75

1000

$75

43

1903

Odd Fellows: Hourglass

7.25

250

Sold

44

1903

May Day Festival

6.00

500

Sold

45

1903

Gentofte Townhall (Shield)

8.00

225

$125

46

1903

40th Jubilee Christian IX

7.75

1200

$75

46A

1903

40th Jubilee Christian IX - Open Border

7.75

40

$1750

47

1904

St. Louis Exhibition

7.00

500

$100

48

1904

Tea Totallers Association

7.00

1000

Sold

49

1904

Ribe Cathedral Restoration

11.0

200

Sold

52

1904

Hans Christian Andersen: Swans

7.75

800

$100

53

1905

Horsens Exhibition

7.75

N/L

Sold

54

1905

Gefion plowing with 4 oxen

8.75

454

$75

55

1905

Fishery Association: Seal & Salmon

7.75

666

$65

56

1905

Patria Integra, St. Croix

7.75

300

$150

56A

1905

Patria Integra, St. Croix (Large)

11.75

N/L

$3500

57

1905

Nursing Sister's Motherhouse

7.75

N/L

Sold

57A

1905

Nursing Sister's Motherhouse (Large)

11.75

N/L

Sold

59

1906

Danish Commercial Travellers

7.75

1000

$75

60

1906

Coronation King Frederik VIII & Q.Louise

8.75

1500

$125

61

1906

Haakon VII (Norway) Coronation

7.75

1500

Sold

62

1906

Towers of Copenhagen

8.75

300

Ask

63

1906

Freemason Lodge, Cimbria

8.75

800

Sold

63A

1906

Freemason Lodge, Cimbria (Large)

13.0

 11

Sold

64

1906

Memory Plaque for Christian IX

5.5

1500

$45

65

1906

Danish Virgin Islands Nursing Home

7.75

300

Sold

66

1906

Virgin Islands "Soli Deo Gloria"

7.75

300

$125

67

1906

Viborg Cathedral

11.0

243

$250

68

1907

Red Cross Society, Good Samaritan

7.75

300

$125

68A

1907

Red Cross Society, Good Samaritan

11.75

15

$3500

70

1907

Mailcoach on Copenhagen Waterfront

11.00

N/L

Sold

71

1907

Aarhus Cathedral Restoration  **

11.00

~200

Ask

72

1907

Fano Island Plate

7.75

N/L

Sold

73

1907

Aarhus Commercial Travelers

8.5

300

$100

74

1907

Faaborg 50th Year

7.75

208

$175

75

1907

Pax in Terra; Virgin Islands

7.75

250

$125

76

1907

Danish Virgin Islands Day Nursery

7.75

**

$175

77

1907

Odd Fellows Virgin Island Hospital

6.00

430

Sold

77A

1907

Odd Fellows Virgin Island Hospital (Large)

11.25

15

$3500

79

1907

Koldinghus Castle

8.75

600

$75

81

1907

Crossed Colors of 6th Battalion

8.75

350

$100

81A

1907

Crossed Colors of 6th Battalion (Large)

12.5

36

Sold

82

1907

Saint Canute Cathedral

11.0

212

$250

83

1907

Hotel & Restaurant Association

7.75

372

$150

84

1907

Fano

7.75

215

$250

85

1908

Freemason Lodge: St. Clemens

7.75

331

Sold

86

1908

Freemason Lodge: St. Clemens (Oval)

15.00

29

Ask

88

1908

Ballet Dancer; Journalist Assn.

7.25

250

$150

89

1909

Aarhus Exhibition

7.75

1460

$ 65

91

1909

Viking Ship: Messina Relief Fund

7.25

1107

$ 75

92

1909

Copenhagen Zoo

7.75

392

Sold

93

1909

Maribo County: Farmer Ploughing

7.75

238

$100

94

1909

Greenland Expedition: Rock w/Cross

9.00

624

$100

95

1909

Greenland Expedition: Dog Sledges

9.00

341

$125

96

1909

Greenland Expedition: Eskimo Hunter

9.00

315

$125

97

1909

Wedding Harald & Helena

6.75

1653

$ 50

98

1909

Frigate Jylland

7.75

496

$100

99

1909

Frigate Jylland: Chain Border

11.75

18

$3500

100

1909

Freemasons: De Fire Roser

7.75

127

Sold

101

1909

Freemasons: De Fire Roser (Oval)

15.0

28

Ask

102

1909

Statue of Liberty

7.75

396

Sold

104

1909

Princess Marie

5.50

2756

$ 45

106

1909

Greenland Expedition:  Two Men

12.25

5

In stock

107

1910

Mother nursing her Child

6.75

480

$100

108

1910

West Indian Church & Kindergarten

8.00

251

Sold

109

1910

Defense of Denmark: Boy with Sword

6.00

2423

$ 45

110

1910

Robt. Svendsen Flight

7.75

251

Sold

111

1911

Christmas Plate, small size

6.00

120

Sold

113

1911

Danish Commercial Traveler's Bldg.

7.75

812

Sold

114

1911

Bishop Thomas Skat Rordam

7.75

205

$125

115

1911

Racing Boat on Sound

7.75

174

Sold

116

1911

Coronation King George VI & Mary

6.75

1936

Sold

117

1911

Crowned Coach horn

6.00

492

Sold

118

1911

Granary at Carlsberg

9.75

135

$375

119

1911

Peristyle at Carlsberg

9.75

161

$375

120

1911

Laboratory at Carlsberg

9.75

200

$375

121

1911

Neptune Fountain

9.75

158

$375

122

1911

Palmhouse

9.75

167

Sold

123

1911

Frederiksborg Castle Restoration

9.75

194

$375

124

1911

Royal Society of Science & Letters

9.75

125

$375

125

1911

Lindos Castle

9.75

143

Sold

126

1911

Carlsberg Monogram: Small Size **

4.00

575

$50

126

1911

Carlsberg Monogram: Large Size

10.3

156

$375

127

1911

Rouen, Viking Ship

6.75

131

Ask

128

1912

Copenhagen Rifle Corps: Viking

7.75

375

Sold

130

1912

Old People's Home, 50th Year

7.75

399

$85

131

1912

Odense Cathedral

6.75

490

$85

132

1912

Kalmar Castle

7.75

125

Sold

133

1912

Beach at the Skaw "Skagen"

7.75

139

$200

134

1912

Viking Ship: Fishery Exhibition

6.00

291

Sold

135

1912

Royal Hussars

9.50

359

$125

136

1912

Defense of Denmark: Youth w/Sword

6.00

1677

Sold

137

1912

Coronation Chr. IX & Alexandrine

8.75

2179

$125

138

1912

Memory Plate for Frederik VIII

5.50

1975

$60

139

1912

Danish Virgin Islands

6.00

424

Sold

140

1912

Herning Municipal Charter

7.75

285

$100

142

1913

Danish Tourist Assn. - Fjord

6.75

573

$85

143

1913

Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen

11.0

163

$250

144

1913

San Francisco - Danish Landscape

6.75

1197

Sold

145

1913

Tivoli gardens, 70th Year

6.75

626

$85

146

1913

Landskrona Exhibition

7.75

120

Ask

148

1914

Battle of Dybbol - 50th Year

7.75

2814

Ask

149

1914

Baltic Exhibition - Malmo

7.25

265

$200

150

1914

Helgoland Victory, 50th Year

7.75

1761

$75

151

1914

Frankfurt am Main: View from River

6.76

1017

$450

153

1914

Queen's Christmas Fund

7.50

599

Sold

154

1914

Alexandra's 70th Birthday

7.75

929

$85

155

1914

San Francisco - Crown & Wavy Lines

7.00

557

$100

156

1914

Haand & Haand Insurance

7.00

421

Sold

157

1915

San Francisco - Arms of California

9.75

179

Sold

158

1915

Malmo: Denmark, Norway & Sweden

7.75

3610

$95

159

1915

Bellum, St. George & Dragon

8.50

2123

$75

160

1915

PAX, Child & Lamb

8.50

N/L

$125

162

1915

Army Cadet Academy, 100th Year

6.75

683

$45

163

1915

Weisbaden (Germany) Spa

6.75

N/L

Want

164

1916

Flag & Sheaf: Denmark's Honor

8.00

1044

$65

165

1916

Odd Fellows: Good Samaritan

7.75

890

Sold

167

1917

Red Cross: Nurse with Tray

7.50

360

$125

168

1917

Odd Fellows: Two Men Greeting

8.00

587

$75

169

1917

Zealand Commercial Travelers

6.75

174

Sold

170

1917

Olaf Poulsen, Actors' Association

9.00

765

$75

171

1917

Fortress Trekroner

8.00

511

$100

172

1917

Czarina Dowager Dagmar

5.5

2359

$65

173

1918

Esbjerg Harbor

8.00

417

Sold

175

1918

Odd Fellows: Woman & Children

8.00

1570

$65

176

1918

Kronborg Mercantile Navy Museum

8.25

1435

Sold

177

1918

Frederikshavn Powder Magazine

7.75

N/L

$75

178

1918

Christmas Jubilee: Shepherds

11.0

49

$3500

179

1918

Christian IX, 100th Year

6.75

3063

$50

180

1918

Beer-Jug; Corporation of Publicans

10.0

600

$75

181

1918

Army Supply Corps, 40th Year

6.75

603

$50

182

1918

Odd Fellows: Moses Rescued from Nile

9.00

1325

$85

183

1918

Odd Fellows: Roskilde Cathedral **

7.75

352

$100

184

1919

Danish Flag, Battle of Reval **

7.25

2823

$65

185

1919

Slesvig: Queen Thyra Danebod

9.75

4411

Sold

186

1919

Peace Plate, Mother & Child

8.75

2488

$75

188

1919

Slesvig Landscape: Re-unification

6.00

5054

$25

189

1919

Blacksmith, "Always Burning"

9.00

1500

$85

190

1920

Tea Totallers Association, 25th Year

7.50

157

$175

192

1920

They Died for Denmark (Veterans)

7.75

802

$45

193

1920

Aarhus Fire Brigade

9.00

367

$300

194

1920

Odd Fellows: St. Ansgar Preaching

8.50

592

$75

195

1920

Christian X's 50th Birthday

8.25

2601

$65

196

1920

Norway Gate, 1st Regiment

7.00

N/L

$45

197

1920

Copenhagen Students' Club

7.00

1229

$45

199

1921

Haakon/Maud Silver Wedding

7.00

606

$100

200

1921

Wedding, Margrethe & Rene

6.75

1124

$45

201

1921

Hans Egede, Greenland 200th Year  

9.00

N/L

Sold

202

1921

Queen Louise, 70th Birthday

6.00

N/L

Sold

203

1922

Frederiksberg Gardens

7.75

634

$75

205

1922

Bethlehem Orphanage

6.00

866

$65

206

1922

Lysglimt: Star over Landscape

7.50

???

$65

208

1922

Odd Fellows: Viking Ship

9.00

???

$100

209

1922

Ludvig Holberg; Danish Theater

9.00

577

Ask

210

1923

25th Wedding Christian X & Alexandrine

8.50

N/L

Ask

211

1923

St. Andrew Church

9.00

N/L

$150

212

1923

Apostle St. Andrew

6.00

N/L

Sold

214

1923

Brickwall & Tools

7.00

N/L

Sold

215

1923

Child in Swaddling Clothes

7.00

N/L

$65

216

1923

25th Wedding Christian X & Alexandrine

9.75

N/L

Sold

217

1923

Dana Deep Sea Expedition

7.75

N/L

Sold

218

1923

Polar Bear Cement

8.50

368

Ask

220

1923

Bethlehem 1923

6.00

397

Sold

221

1923

Franco-Danish Food Exposition

6.00

N/L

Sold

223

1924

Soldiers w/Fallen Comrade

7.00

N/L

$45

223A

1924

Soldiers w/Fallen Comrade (Large)

11.50

N/L

Sold

224

1924

Odd Fellows: Lighthouse

9.00

337

$100

225

1924

Saby Church

7.00

N/L

$85

226

1924

Fano

7.75

N/L

$300

227

1924

Justitia with Chains

8.00

N/L

Sold

229

1924

Odd Fellows: Archer

9.00

N/L

Sold

230

1924

Postrider & Crown: 300th Year, Danish Mail

6.00

N/L

Sold

232

1925

Champs Elysees: Paris World's Fair

7.00

N/L

Sold

233

1925

Odd Fellows: Sonderborg Castle

9.00

N/L

$100

234

1925

Odd Fellows: Hamlet's Castle

9.00

N/L

$100

235

1925

Marstal Harbor (Book: $2000-$3000) Rare!

8.00

N/L

Chip

236

1925

Korsor Citadel

7.75

N/L

$100

237

1926

Hjorring City Arms

7.50

443

$100

239

1926

Danish Auto Club

9.00

670

Ask

240

1926

Guardsman at Elsinore Castle

8.00

N/L

Sold

241

1926

Odd Fellows: Holger Danske

9.00

N/L

$150

242

1926

Logum Monastery

8.00

N/L

Ask

243

1926

Saint Ansgar, 1100 Years

7.00

226

$100

244

1926

Town of Skive, 600 Years

8.00

617

$75

245

1926

Frigate Jylland outside Elsinore

8.00

1903

$65

246

1926

First Copenahgen to Tokyo Flight

7.75

212

Sold

248

1927

Landscape with Farmhouse; Homeguard

7.75

N/L

$85

249

1927

Town of Nibe, 200 Years

8.00

114

Sold

250

1928

Christianborg Castle, Copenhagen

8.00

121

Sold

252

1928

Schmidt Tobacco, 150 Years

7.00

N/L

$50

253

1928

Prince Valdemar

8.00

232

$125

254

1928

YMCA (KFUM) 50th Anniversary

4.50

1214

Sold

255

1928

Burmeister Ships

6.25

N/L

Sold

256

1929

Royal Copenhagen's 150th Year

8.00

216

$175

258

1929

Voluntary Riflecorps, 20th Year

7.00

169

2nd

259

1929

Royal Copenhagen's 150th Year

5.00

1815

$45

260

1929

Freemasons:  Grata Memoria

7.00

250

$125

261

1929

Freemasons:  Fred Enighed Fremhang

7.00

324

$100

263

1930

Christian X; Northern Slesvig 10th Year

9.50

1175

Sold

264

1930

Independent Order of Good Templar

7.50

304

Ask

266

1931

Greenland Children's Health

7.00

N/L

Sold

267

1935

Ut Omnes Unum Sint

7.00

N/L

$200

269

1932

Dansk Samvirke; Elsinore Castle

5.00

N/L

Sold

270

1932

Anglo-Danish Society

7.25

N/L

$250

271

1932

St. Catharina

8.00

N/L

$250

274

1933

Freemason's Lodge:  Cariate Deo

7.00

N/L

Sold

278

1936

Cement Industries Cooperative

7.00

N/L

$50

280

1937

Christian X's Silver Jubilee

7.50

N/L

$150

281

1937

Danish Dairies, Danish Landscape

9.50

N/L

$450

283

1938

Liberty Monument, Copenhagen

7.25

N/L

Sold

283A

1938

Liberty Monument, Copenhagen

~4"

N/L

$35

284

1938

Blacksmiths and Engine Workers Union

14.5

N/L

$4500

308

1960

Silver Wedding, King Frederik IX & Ingrid

8.25

N/L

Sold

311

1962

Royal Hussar Regiment

9.50

N/L

Sold

313

1963

Blacksmiths and Engine Workers Union

14.25

N/L

Sold

318

1967

US Virgin Islands, 50th Year

7.00

N/L

$18

320

1968

Frankfurt am Main (Germany) Town Hall

7.00

N/L

$400

321

1968

Frederikshavn Church

7.00

N/L

$5

323

1969

Danish Flag, 750th Year, Battle of Reval

7.75

N/L

$18

324

1969

Moon Landing: Conquest of Space

7.00

N/L

$5

325

1970

Dybbol Mill; Slesvig Reunification 50th Year

7.75

N/L

$18

** Known errors/omissions in the Gray Book:  #3 was also issued in an 11.75" size, probably fewer than 15 copies;  #16 & #17 were also issued with gold decoration, probably about 100 copies each;  #28 is 16 inches,  and probably about 100 copies; #71 is probably between 190 and 219 copies; #76 is probably 100 to 200 copies; #126 (Small size) is 4 inches (10.5 cm); pictures of #183 and #184 reversed in the Gray Book; #284 is 14.5".  Any additional information would be appreciated.

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