Denmark Releases New Bank Notes
By Kerry Rodgers
Denmark’s national bank has released the first
denomination of a brand new bank note series, a
For some months possible designs for the new
issues by artist Karin Birgitte Lund have been
posted at www.nation albanken.dk, the Web site
of Danmarks Nationalbank. Karin won the right to
design the new notes in a contest conducted in
Note collectors with a penchant for bridges will
be in seventh heaven. The faces of all the new
notes feature major Danish spans. When the last
denomination appears in 2011 there will be five
new trophies to add to those issued a year or so
back by the Bank of Scotland and, of course, by
the EU itself. Whatever the reasons, bridges on
notes have become highly fashionable in
The main design feature of all the notes’ backs
is a significant Danish prehistoric artefact.
Just as the bridges provide links between
various parts of Denmark today, Karin regards
the bank notes as offering links between the
past and the present. Each of the illustrated
prehistoric objects were finds found near the
appropriate bridge. From the former proposed
designs, the Nationalbank has settled on
combining the Sallingsund Bridge with the
ancient Skarpsalling Vessel for new 50 krone
In a comment on Karin’s designs the bank’s
governor, Torben Nielsen, observed: “The
proposals have splendid naturalist qualities,
and her fine line and classical expression are
well suited for…bank notes.”
The new series is being introduced primarily to
enhance Danish bank note security. All notes
incorporate the latest technological advances.
These include a windowed thread with a moving
wave pattern and a novel and a sophisticated
hologram, as well as more traditional security
features such as a watermark, hidden security
thread, fluorescent inks and intaglio printing.
All the new bank notes are to be printed on
dirt-resistant cotton paper.
To aid the visually impaired, the 100 and 200
kroner bank notes will have embossed print,
although, like the current series, the bank
notes will differ in size.
In one respect the new 50 krone note represents
a break with the past. It carries the everyday
Danish word halvtreds for “50” instead of the
Scandinavian femti that has been used on Danish
50 krone bank notes since 1952 but is no longer
in everyday use.
Additional information is available at Danmarks
Nationalbank’s Web site: www.nationalbanken.dk.