Norges Bank

Press release

Commemorative coins in connection with Norway's Centennial Celebration 1905 - 2005

In 2005, it has been one hundred years since the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden. Pursuant to the Norges Bank Act provisions regarding commemorative coins, Norges Bank will issue a series of commemorative coins to celebrate the centennial.

The coin series will comprise three gold and three silver coins. The first two coins, one gold and one silver, will be issued on 27 November 2003, to commemorate the day in 1905 when King Haakon VII took his oath in the Storting. The next two coins will be issued on 23 September 2004, to commemorate the day in 1905 when Norway and Sweden came to an agreement in Karlstad regarding a peaceful dissolution of the union. The last two coins will be issued on 7 June 2005, the centennial for the Storting resolution which resulted in the dissolution of the union. The coins will be issued in cooperation with Hundreårsmarkeringen - Norge 2005 AS (Norge 2005) (The Centennial Celebration - Norway 2005 Ltd.), which will be in charge of the official programme. Norge 2005 will be responsible for marketing and sales of the coins.

The gold coin has a nominal value of NOK 1 500 and will be minted in an issue limited to 10 000 coins. The silver coin will have a nominal value of NOK 100. Those issued in 2003 and 2004 will be minted in an issue limited to 65 000 coins, whereas those issued in 2005 will be minted in an issue limited to 100 000 coins. The coins will be produced at Den Kongelige Mynt AS (Royal Norwegian Mint).

The motif on the obverse (front) of the coin has been designed by former coin engraver √ėivind Hansen. The motif on the front of the coin is the same for all of the coins and is a triple portrait of three kings during the period. The motif on the reverse (back) of the gold coins has been designed by sculptor Tomasz B. Ozdowski, while the motif on the reverse of the silver coins has been designed by Danuta Haremska. The motifs on the reverse of the coins depict Norway during a century of change, from an agricultural society to a modern society facing the challenges of a high-tech future.

Although the first coins will be issued on 27 November, it is possible to pre-order the coins now. In order to ensure a fair distribution process, all households in Norway will receive an offer to pre-order the coin. The gold coins cost NOK 3 500 each and the silver coins cost NOK 450 each.

Contact:

Press telephone: +47 21 49 09 30
Email: presse@norges-bank.no

Published 30 June 2003 10:00