Editor's note: The following is the second of a three-part Coin
World series about collecting paper money with portraits of
authors, prepared by Michele Orzano for the March 2015 monthly
edition of Coin World.
continue our journey around the world to look at just a few of the
nations that have chosen to honor the written arts on paper money by
portrait of the writer with the pen name Zemaitė, Lithuanian writer Julija Zymantiene,
appears on the 1994 1-litas notes.
wrote about the lives of peasants and became a part of the Lithuanian
1999 the author Sigrid Undset’s portrait was used on 500-krone
notes. She was presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.
A rosette appearing to the left of her portrait was inspired by
Undset’s lace collar.
back of the notes depicts a wreath, symbolizing The Bridal
Wreath, the title of her first book in a trilogy about Kristin Lavrandsdatter.
Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet, translator and
journalist, is honored on 100-escudo notes issued from 1986 to 1988 by Portugal.
wrote poems, letters and journals. His portrait on the notes reflects
his classy style of attire — a bow tie and a fedora.
poet and lyricist Robert Burns is regarded as the national poet of Scotland.
portrait is on the face of Scottish £5 notes issued from 1971 to 1980.
The back design depicts a harvest mouse climbing a stalk of grain, and
a rose, images taken from Burns’ poems "To
a Mouse" and "My
Love is Like a Red, Red Rose."
portrait of author Robert Louis Stevenson was used on the back of £1
notes issued in 1994 by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The design shows
images of his life and work. The notes commemorated the 100th
anniversary of his death. He was the author of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
late 2014, the Bank of Israel released 50-shekel notes honoring poet
face of the notes features a portrait of Tchernichovsky along with
images of citrus fruit and leaves. Tchernichovsky’s poem, “Oh, My
Land, My Homeland,” was the inspiration for the face design. The poem
contains the words “the bouquet of spring orchards.”
back design shows capitals of Corinthian columns, in reference to
parts of the poet’s compositions and his translation of ancient Greek literature.
note is part of a series of bank notes honoring poets and playwrights.
The other poets to be honored are Natan Alterman, Leah Goldberg, and
Rachel Sela, the latter better known as Rachel the Poetess.