Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Danish Banknote Series 2009-2011

Danmarks Nationalbank has announced that it will issue a new 500-krone note on 15 February 2011. The note depicts Queen Alexandrine Bridge and the Keldby Vessel, and is the fourth note in the series of new Danish banknotes. The new series makes it even more difficult to forge or to copy.

Queen Alexandrine Bridge
Queen Alexandrine Bridge, also called the Møn, was inaugurated in 1943. The bridge across Ulvsund connects Kalvehave on South Zealand with the island of Møn. Queen Alexandrine Bridge is 746 metres long and has a maximum vertical clearance of 26 metres.

Keldby Vessel
The Keldby Vessel at Møn was unearthed by a plough near Trehøje in the period before 1826. It was probably made in the 4th or early 3rd century BC. Other vessels closely resembling this one have been found in the Thracian area of the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. Judging by the clearly Greek inspired ornamentation and shape, the vessel could have been made in Macedonia or the Greek Black Sea colonies.

The 200-krone banknote was issued on 19 October 2010 with the motive of Knippelsbro and belt plate from Langstrup.

Knippelsbro connects Slotsholmen and Christianshavn in Copenhagen. The first bridge at this location was built in 1618-20 by Christian IV. The current Knippelsbro, the fifth one, is from 1937. When ships crossing the 115 meter long bridge, the bridge klapfag is raised to 35 meters to allow nevigation.

Belt plate from Langstrup
Belt plate from Langstrup in Sealand was found before 1880 in a bog with two spiral bangles and a bronze knife. It is the largest, completely preserved belt plate known from the Early Bronze Age (around 1400 BC). The decoration, consisting of circular lines and spirals and a 5 cm long tip in the center, was branded in a wax model before casting. Such belt plates were worn by wealthy women.

The new 100-krone banknote issued on 4 May 2010 with the old Little Belt Bridge and Hindsgavl Dagger as motif. The 100-krone note was the second note in Denmark's new banknote series 2009-2011.

The Old Little Belt Bridge
The Old Little Belt Bridge, which connects Jutland Erritsø Middelfart on Funen, was inaugurated in 1935. The bridge was originally planned as a rail bridge in 1924 but it was later decided to include roadways. The bridge is 1,178 meters long and has a maximun vertical clearance of 33 meters.

Hindsgavl Dagger
The finest example of flint dagger technique is the 29.5 cm long flint dagger that was found around 1867 on the island Fænø in the Little Belt opposite the Hindsgavl peninsula. The type is called 'fish-tail' design due to the shape of the handle. The Stong Age dagger is from the latter part of the Dagger Period, 1900-1700 BC, and resembles metal daggers that have handles topped with an oval disk. The fine flint technique shows how much flint smith strove to compete with metal goods, which at this time spread out and began to outcompete the old flint craftsmanship.

The 50-krone banknote, issued on 11 August 2009 with the motive of the Sallingsund Bridge and Skarpsalling tub. The 50-krone note was the first note issued in the new Danish banknote series 2009-2011.

Sallingsund Bridge
Sallingsund Bridge connects the peninsula with Salling Limfjord island of Mors. The bridge, inaugurated in 1978, is 1,717 meters long and has a gennemsejlingshøjde of 26 meters. Before the bridge's inaugural sailing ferries Pinene and nuisance in many years over Sallingsund. In 1977, ferries carried 1.3 million people and 658,000 vehicles across the sound.

Skarpsalling-karret Skarpsalling tub
Clay vessel from Skarpsalling, Himmerland, was found in a tomb of stone in 1891. The tub is one of the finest examples of ceramic design and decoration, as we know from the Stone Age in Denmark. Clay vessel was created, since the passage graves were built around 3200 BC. Back then stood pottery art at its peak. Pots were used for funeral rituals, hvorun-to some pots with contents was placed in gravkamrene, others were placed outside the entrance to the chambers.

The 1,000 kroner is expected to be issued in May 2011 - depicting the Great Belt Bridge and the Sun Chariot. The image shown is an outline of the note and not the final design.

Great Belt Bridge
Great Belt Bridge, which consists of East Bridge and West Bridge was inaugurated in 1998. East Bridge connects with Sprogø Zealand and is 6,790 feet long. Great Belt Baltic Channel, which suspended bridge spans are international waters. Clearance is at 65 meters. The two pylons, each 254 feet high, and thus one of Denmark's highest points.

Chariot was found in September 1902 when there was plowed for the first time in Trundholm bog Zealand. It was made in the Early Bronze Age, ca. 1400 f.Kr. 1400 BC The elegant spiral decoration of the golden sun disc reveals its Nordic origins. Chariot illustrate the notion that the sun on its eternal journey was driven by a divine horse. The cart is not a part of this notion. Sun image and the horse is placed on wheels that could reproduce the sun's movement.

Info courtesy of cleo phas.

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