NOK – Norwegian Krone

Monetary System

1816: 1 Norwegian speciedaler (rixdollar) = 120 skillings
1875: 1 Norwegian krone (NOK) = 100 øre

Bank of Norway
Norges Bank

Two years after the separation from Denmark and the union with Sweden, Norges Bank (Norwegian: Bank of Norway, NOR) was established by Act of the Storting (the Norwegian parliament) of 14 June 1816. The monetary unit was the speciedaler (rixdollar), divided into 120 skillings or 5 ort (“rigsort”) of 24 skillings each.
For more information, visit www.norges-bank.no.

1999 – 2015 Issues

These notes are like preceding issues, but they have Omron rings added on both sides, and all but the 50-krone note have holographic stripes at right front and the year appears as the last four digits of the number at lower right front. Furthermore, the orientation of the demetalized text on the security threads has changed from vertical to horizontal.
Since the June 2007 closure of Norges Bank’s Printing Works, Norway’s notes have been produced by commercial security printers in France (Oberthur Technologies) and the UK (De La Rue), and differ from preceding issues in that they bear serial number prefixes.

Description: 50.00 Kroner   Size: 128 x 60 mm 
Information: This note is an outmoded note but it’s allowed to be purchased from our customers.

Green. Front: Norwegian text; willow twine circle; hexagon spider web; trees; writer Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. Back: w Norwegian text; water lilies and dragonfly; skeleton key. Solid security thread with demetalized NORGES BANK. Watermark: Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. Printer: Varieties. 128 x 60 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 Kroner   Size: 136 x 65 mm
Information: This note is an outmoded note but it’s allowed to be purchased from our customers.

Red and orange. Front: Norwegian text; flowers and vase embroidery; main auditorium of the Norwegian Opera; singer Kirsten Flagstad. Back: Norwegian text; ground plan of main auditorium of the Norwegian Opera; brooch. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized NORGES BANK. Watermark: Kirsten Flagstad. Printer: Varieties. 136 x 65 mm. Paper.

Description: 200.00 Kroner   Size: 144 x 70 mm
Information: This note is an outmoded note but it’s allowed to be purchased from our customers.

Blue. Front: Norwegian text; terrella; snowflake; northern lights; stars; scientist Kristian Birkeland. Back: Norwegian text; map of northern lights over north pole; Birkeland currents. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized NORGES BANK. Watermark: Kristian Birkeland. Printer: Varieties. 144 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 Kroner   Size: 152 x 75 mm
Information: This note is an outmoded note but it’s allowed to be purchased from our customers.

Yellow, brown, and tan. Front: Norwegian text; double-cross; Gudbrandsdal tapestries; lace collar; novelist Sigrid Undset. Back: Norwegian text; Gudbrandsdal tapestries; bridal wreath of wheat spikes and wild roses, based on the book Kransen (The Wreath), the first book in the triology Kristin Lavransdatter. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized NORGES BANK. Watermark: Sigrid Undset. Printer: Varieties. 152 x 75 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 Kroner   Size: 160 x 80 mm

Purple. Front: Norwegian text; artist’s palette; Munch’s “Melancholy;” painter Edvard Munch. Back: Norwegian text; studies for Munch’s “The Sun;” artist’s easel. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized NORGES BANK. Watermark: Edvard Munch. Printer: (Norges Bank’s Printing Works). 160 x 80 mm. Paper.

2016 – 2019 Issues

On 7 October 2014, Norges Bank presented the results of its ongoing banknote competition. The new theme will be “The Sea.” A press release revealed the proposed design for the 100-krone note. The first notes from the new series were not issued until 2017.Subsequently on 3 February 2015, Norges Bank unveiled the designs for the remaining denominations. The fronts of the notes were developed on the basis of the proposal from The Metric System and Terje Tønnessen. The backs of the notes are pixel motifs submitted by Snøhetta Design.
The cubic patterns on the back represent pixels and mosaics. The patterns depict the coast, the horizon and the motif. The organic pattern is an abstraction of the sea. Both the cubic and organic patterns follow the Beaufort scale as an expression of wind speed. This affects the waves in the sea. On the lowest denomination note, the wind is light, and there are short cubic forms and long, gentle waves in the organic pattern. On the highest denomination note, the wind is strong and creates elongated rectangular forms and short waves.
According to an official video put out by the bank, the notes are printed by Oberthur Technologies in France on paper supplied by a German firm.

Description: 50.00 Kroner   Size: 126 x 70 mm

Green. Front: Norwegian text; SPARK Orbital rectangle; seagull in flight; Utvær lighthouse in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway’s westernmost point. Back: Norwegian text; lighthouse on the horizon (pixel motif); 1.6 metres per second (cubic pattern); light breeze and gentle waves (organic pattern); Ursa Major constellation; nautical chart showing the classification of lighthouses. Solid security thread with demetalized NB 50. Watermark: Atlantic puffin head in profile with electrotype 50. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 126 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 Kroner   Size: 133 x 70 mm

Red. Front: Norwegian text; SPARK Orbital rectangle; Atlantic puffin head with fish in beak; Gokstad Viking ship; X-Bow hull developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions; Atlantic puffin standing. Back: Norwegian text; cargo ship (pixel motif); 3.4 metres per second (cubic pattern); constellation Orion; gentle breeze with crests beginning to break (organic pattern); stylized globe; Atlantic puffin in flight. Windowed security thread with holographic anchor chain and solid security thread with demetalized NB 100. Watermark: Atlantic puffin head in profile with electrotype 100. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 133 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 200.00 Kroner   Size: 140 x 70 mm

Blue. Front: Norwegian text; SPARK Orbital rectangle; Atlantic puffin in flight; fishing net, cod, and herring; Atlantic puffin standing. Back: Norwegian text; fishing boat on the horizon (pixel motif); fishing net; 8 metres per second (cubic pattern); fresh breeze with wave heights of 1 meter or more (organic pattern); stylized sea mark navigation aid; Atlantic puffin head with fish in beak. Windowed security thread with holographic anchor chain and solid security thread with demetalized NB 200. Watermark: Atlantic puffin head in profile with electrotype 200. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 140 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 Kroner   Size: 140 x 70 mm

Orange. Front: Norwegian text; SPARK Orbital rectangle; Colin Archer’s rescue vessel, RS 14 “Stavanger;” Atlantic puffin. Back: Norwegian text; oil platform on the horizon (pixel motif); 13.9 metres per second (cubic pattern); high wind with sea heaps up, white foam from breaking waves (organic pattern); North Sea gas pipeline network; ammonite fossil shell. Windowed security thread with holographic anchor chain and solid security thread with demetalized NB 500. Watermark: Atlantic puffin head in profile with electrotype 500. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 147 x 70 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 Kroner   Size: 154 x 70 mm

Purple. Front: Norwegian text; SPARK Orbital rectangle; large wave breaking at sea. Back: Norwegian text; horizon (pixel motif); 20.8 metres per second (cubic pattern); strong gale with high waves and dense foam (organic pattern). Windowed security thread with holographic anchor chain and solid security thread with demetalized NB 1000. Watermark: Atlantic puffin head in profile with electrotype 1000. Printer: (Oberthur Technologies). 154 x 70 mm. Paper.