Sunday, January 24, 2016

Norway unveils proposed designs for the new banknote series

Norway's central bank, Norges Bank, unveils proposed designs for the new banknote series based on the results of a banknote competition. The theme of the new series will be "The Sea". The 100-krone and 200-krone notes will be launched first. These two denominations will be put into circulation at the earliest in the second quarter of 2017. The 50-krone and 500-krone notes will follow at the earliest one year later. The 1000-krone note will be issued last and is scheduled to be in circulation by the end of 2019.

The fronts of the notes are based on the proposal from The Metric System and Terje Tønnessen. The backs of the notes are based on the pixel motifs submitted by Snøhetta Design. The final designs may deviate somewhat from those shown below.

On the front of each note is a signal flag from the maritime alphabet. The flags represent the letters N, O, R, G and E, spelling out NORGE but not in order by denomination.

The cubic patterns on the back side 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.

Motif: Utvær Lighthouse in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway's westernmost point. Signal flag: Letter R.

Pixel motif on the horizon: Lighthouse on the horizon. Cubic pattern: 1.6 metres per second (m/s). Organic pattern: Light breeze, gentle waves.

Motif: The Gokstad ship from the 800s, with the Norwegian-designed X-Bow hull developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS in the background. Signal flag: Letter O.

Pixel motif on the horizon: Cargo ship. Cubic pattern: 3.4 m/s. Organic pattern: Gentle breeze. Crests begin to break.

Motif: Cod and herring. The background drawing shows mesh from a fishing net. Signal flag: Letter N.

Pixel motif on the horizon: Fishing boat. Cubic pattern: 8 m/s. Organic pattern: Fresh breeze. Wave heights of 1 m or more.

Motif: Rescue craft designed and built by Colin Archer. Signal flag: Letter G.

Pixel motif on the horizon: Oil platform. Cubic pattern: 13.9 m/s. Organic pattern: High wind. Sea heaps up, white foam from breaking waves.

Motif: Wave in the sea. Signal flag: Letter E.

Pixel motif: Horizon. Cubic pattern: 20.8 m/s. Organic pattern: Strong gale. High waves. Dense foam is blown along wind direction.

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