Norges Bank unveiled the five notes, saying that they have already been called ‘the world’s most beautiful bank notes.’ The bills pay homage to Norway’s close bonds with the sea, and each note reflects a different theme.
The primary motif on the 50-krone note is based on Utvær Lighthouse, which was built in 1900. The bank says that as a traffic and transportation artery, the sea has been crucial for the development of the Norwegian economy and society.
The primary motif on the 100-krone note is the Gokstad ship, which is Norway’s largest preserved Viking ship. The ship was built around 900 AD and was found in a burial mound in 1880.
A Norwegian bow design, X-BOW, belonging to Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, is seen in the background. The bank says the desire to find better ways of movement has always been essential for coastal Norway and the country’s business sector.
The primary motif on the 200-krone note is a cod fish. Herring and the mesh from a fishing net can be seen in the background. According to the bank, fishing has been a key source of income and an important part of the culture for centuries along the Norwegian coastline.
The primary motif on the 500-krone note is the rescue vessel RS 14 “Stavanger”, designed by Norway’s most famous shipbuilder, Colin Archer. It was launched in 1901 and had 37 years of active duty. The motif was chosen because storms and wrecks are a fact of life for those who seek to harvest the riches of the sea, but the availability of help when it is needed most brings greater confidence to those who set sail.
The primary motif on the 1000-krone note is a wave in the open sea. The banks says that the wave presents the sea as a driving force that carries Norwegian people forward.
The reverse of all of Norway’s new bank notes continue the maritime theme. They have gone on public display in an exhibition called ‘Meet Norway’s new banknotes’ at Vippetangen in Oslo until 27 November. The notes will enter circulation individually between May 2017 and the end of 2019.