The Bank of Norway (Norges Bank) has completed the design of its new
bank note series, and the first two denominations, 100- and 200-krone
notes, will be released on May 30, 2017. The faces all have a theme
evoking Norway’s maritime industry.
For the 100-krone note it is “the sea that takes us out into the
world,” represented by the Gokstad ship, Norway’s largest preserved
Viking ship. It was built around 900 A.D. and was found in a burial
mound in 1880. In the background is the outline of the bow of a modern
Norwegian vessel. The back shows a cargo ship on the horizon with a
breeze symbolized by cubic formations. A globe and parts of the
constellation Orion are also visible.
The 200-krone note’s theme of “the sea that feeds us” has a cod as
its main image with herring and mesh from a fishing net in the
background. A fishing boat can vaguely be seen on the horizon in the
pattern of the note’s back design. The cubic formations, symbolizing a
fresh breeze, are longer than those on the 100-krone note.
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The bank notes are printed in France by Oberthur Fiduciaire. The
cotton paper is made in Germany. The bank says it is paying
approximately 0.55 krone, or 5½ cents, per note. This is about a 20
percent increase over past prices and is attributed to enhanced
security features and a protective dirt-resistant coating that is
expected to increase the lifetime of the notes by up to 50
percent. Norges Bank estimates is costs for developing the new series
at 50 million kroner or about $5.83 million.
Among the “enhanced features” cited by the bank are intaglio
printing, tactile markings for the blind, a floating ring in a
color-changing rectangle, three segments of an anchor chain integrated
into the paper that appear to move or run out when the note is tilted
(on all but the 50-krone note), a watermark with the head of an
Atlantic puffin, and a security thread. Thanks to the yellow rings on
both sides, the notes cannot be scanned by image processing software;
attempting to do so instead generates the message “This application
does not support the editing of banknote images.”
The 50- and 500-krone notes are scheduled for issue on May 30, 2018,
and the 1,000-krone issue will follow in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The old notes will become invalid one year after their replacements
Complete information on the new note, including a series of five
videos is at the bank’s website.