Norges Bank has issued the first two denominations from Norway’s new maritime themed banknote family, the 100- and 200-krone.
From today, the new 100- and 200-krone banknotes become available to the public via bank branches and retailers. Their theme, as with all the new denominations, is based on “The Sea”.
Each banknote includes a variety of new security features incorporated in a modern banknote design, illustrating the importance of the sea “for the prosperity and welfare of the people of Norway”.
The 100-krone banknote design
The 100-krone banknote is 70mm by 133mm and uses predominantly orange and yellow colours.
The front of the banknote includes a motif of the Gokstad ship, Norway’s largest preserved Viking ship built around 900AD and found in a burial mound in 1880.
Continuing the sea theme, a Norwegian bow design called the X-BOW® (by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS) is seen in the background.
An illustration of a puffin is displayed on the top right of the note, the design of which is also used for the note’s watermark alongside the note’s denomination.
The reverse of the note, as per all the notes of the latest family, displays a pixelated pattern built up around a grid system based on the Beaufort wind force scale. On the 100-krone, the cubic formations symbolise the crest of a wave. A globe and parts of the Orion star constellation are also shown.
The 200-krone banknote design
Fishing has been a key source of income for Norwegians living along the coastline for centuries. As such, the primary motif on the front of the 200-krone banknote is the cod fish, with herring and a fishing net displayed in the background.
Again, the image of the puffin is displayed on the top right corner which, like the 100-krone, is also used in the watermark alongside the note’s denomination.
The pixelated design shown on the reverse symbolises a fishing boat seen on the horizon, with a breeze depicted by the cubic formations – which are longer than those seen on the 100-krone banknote. An illustration of fishing lines is also displayed.
As well as the puffin watermarks, other security features seen on both notes include a “floating ring” using SPARK® optically variable ink, an embedded security thread, and a further thread type feature depicting a ship’s anchor chain that appears to move when the banknote is tilted. Other features include iridescent ink, micro lettering and UV features.
To see films by Norges Bank demonstrating the “floating ring” and the “anchor chain” thread, click here.
The next banknotes from Norway’s new banknote family to be circulated are the 50- and 500-krone denominations, expected during the fourth quarter of 2018. This will be followed by the 1,000-krone denomination in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Norges Bank will circulate old and new banknotes alongside each other initially. The old 100- and 200-krone banknotes will become invalid on 30 May 2018, the 50- and 500-krone notes at the end of 2019 and the 1,000 will become invalid at the end of 2020.