A vignette of the Icelandic poet Jonas Hallgrimsson, along with a
number of references to him and his work, appears on the face of the
new 10,000-krona note issued Oct. 24 by the Central Bank of Iceland.
During the ceremony, Mar Guomundsson, governor of the Central Bank
of Iceland, handed the serial number 1 10,000-krona note, which was
framed, to Bjarni Benediktsson, Iceland’s minister of finance. Bank
officials said the framed note will be placed in a museum owned by Iceland.
The design of the note is similar to other denominations already
in circulation, but the high denomination includes new and more
advanced security features. In place of the security thread and metal
foil on other denominations, the new 10,000-krona note has a security
feature called Optiks.
“Optiks is an 18-millimeter-wide thread with a see-through window.
The thread is multi-dimensional, as it incorporates several different
security features. It contains a repeating image of a flower and the
text 10000 KRONUR which can be seen when the note is held up to the
light. The thread [also] contains two fluorescent bands that are
visible under ultraviolet light,” according to the bank’s news release.
The Optiks security thread can be seen from the face and back.
The note features a blue background color.
The new notes were printed by De La Rue PLc., in the United
Kingdom. The firm has printed bank notes for Iceland for 83 years. ■