Norges Bank

Press release

Special edition 10-krone Ole Bull coin

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ole Bull, a special edition circulation coin will be issued by Norges Bank on 5 February 2010.

- The coin is being issued to pay tribute to Ole Bull as a world-famous violinist and composer, says Trond Eklund, director of Norges Bank’s Cashier’s Department. He also emphasises Ole Bull’s dedication to traditional Norwegian folk music and his prominent role in the development of a distinctively Norwegian culture after the dissolution of the union with Denmark in 1814.

The obverse of the coin features the portrait of H.M. King Harald V as displayed on other special edition circulation coins in recent years and was created by Ingrid Austlid Rise, designer at Det Norske Myntverket AS (Mint of Norway).

A competition was held for the design of the coin’s reverse. The winning design was created by the sculptor Wenche Gulbransen and features Ole Bull’s portrait fused with part of a sheet of the music of “Seterjentens søndag”, one of Bull’s most famous compositions.  

The special edition coin is the same size as the standard 10-krone coin and will be legal tender.

The coin will be issued as part of the Ole Bull 2010 project established by the Art Museums of Bergen foundation. The anniversary celebrations will be officially launched at a gala performance at Den Nationale Scene in Bergen on 12 February. Ole Bull’s birthday will be celebrated at Festplassen in Bergen on 5 February.


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Published 28 January 2010 10:00