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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 50 krone.

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 January 2007.

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 21st-century Europe.

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 bank note.

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.


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