Friday, October 25, 2013

Iceland Issues New 10,000 Kronur Banknotes

The Central Bank of Iceland launched new 10,000 kr. banknote yesterday.

The new banknote is dedicated to poet Jónas Hallgrímsson and features a number of references to Jónas and his work. The banknote is similar in appearance to those already in circulation and will incorporate a greater number of new, more advanced security features. The background colour of the note is blue. The note was designed by Kristín Þorkelsdóttir and Stephen A. Fairbairn.

The security features of the new 10,000 kr. note are largely the same as those on other Icelandic banknotes. The main difference is that in place of the security thread and metal foil is a new security feature called Optiks. Optiks is an 18-mm wide thread with a see-through window. The Optiks thread is actually multi-dimensional, as it incorporates several different security features. Information on Optiks and other security features of the 10,000 kr. banknote can be found on the Central Bank of Iceland website.

A conventional feature for the blind can be found on the note, in the form of four raised horizontal lines on the obverse. The Optiks feature can be used as an identifier for the blind. The 10,000 kr. note is 70 x 162 mm in size and is therefore 7 mm longer than the 5,000 kr. note, helping users to distinguish between the two.

The new notes were printed by De La Rue Plc. in the UK. De La Rue and its predecessors have handled banknote printing for Iceland for 83 years. Four million banknotes were printed at a purchase price of 29 kr. each, whereas two 5,000 kr. notes would have cost 36 kr. (18 kr. each). In this context, it should be noted that the security features of the new banknotes, including the Optiks feature, are more expensive.

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