The central bank of Norway has put its new banknote series on public display for the first time at Vippetangen in Oslo from 22 to 27 November.
Norges Bank last issued its currently circulating banknote series during the 1990s. Though the level of counterfeiting within the country is low, the central bank decided to issue a new family of banknotes incorporating modern and up-to-date anti-counterfeit security features to ensure that any future risk of counterfeiting Norway’s banknotes remains low.
Speaking of the new banknote family, Norges Bank Governor, Øystein Olsen, said
“As the central bank, Norges Bank bears the responsibility for ensuring that the security level of Norwegian banknotes is sufficiently high at all times. Norges Bank has therefore produced a new banknote series that is more secure than ever before”
A modern design
Instead of using portraits in the new banknotes’ designs, as has been used in previous Norwegian banknote series, the new family all reflect a common theme called ” The Sea”. Whilst the front of each note feature a different maritime image, the reverse of the notes display pixelated patterns built up around a grid system based on the Beaufort wind force scale.
According to Norges Bank, the focus of the exhibition at Vippetangen is the interface between security and design.
The first denominations of the new banknote family to be circulated will be the 100-krone and 200- krone, on the 30 May 2017. The following denominations will be issued during 2018 and 2019.
To read the full press release from Norges Bank, click here.