Meet Norway’s New Banknotes

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In November 23, 2016
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Source: Norges Bank – PRESS RELEASE, NEW BANKNOTE SERIES 2016-11-22

Today, November 22nd Norway’s new banknotes will be on public display for the first time. The first denominations will be put into circulation in summer 2017.

For the first time in history  Norwegian banknotes will not feature portraits. Instead, the new notes all reflect a common theme: “The Sea”. A traditional, iconic design features on the front of the new notes, with a different maritime motif for each denomination, based on proposals from Metric Design and Terje Tonnessen. The modern, pixellated patterns on the back of the notes are built up around a grid system based on the Beaufort wind force scale, developed from Snohetta’s proposal.

The denominations include:

50: The sea that binds us together

100: The sea that takes us out into the world

200: The sea that feeds us

500: The sea that gives us prosperity

1,000: The sea that carries us forward

Norges Bank aims to put the new 100-krone and 200-krone notes into circulation on 30 May 2017. The other denominations will be launched in 2018 and 2019. However, the general public will be given a sneak preview at the exhibition “Meet Norway’s new banknotes” at Vippetangen in Oslo, 22-27 November.

The interface between security and design is the focus of the exhibition, which also provides a rare glimpse into the complexity of banknotes.

nok-newImages: Norges Bank