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Norges Bank’s bicentenary coin issued today

Today, Norges Bank is issuing a bicentenary coin to commemorate its 200-year history. The coin is a 20-krone special edition circulation coin.

Coin obverse side Coin reverse side

The bicentenary motif, “Norgespulsen”, was designed by Kjersti M. Austdal, a student at the Academy of Fine Art, Oslo National Academy of Arts. A mini lecture on Norway’s economic history attended by Austdal was the inspiration for her commemorative coin design.

The jury’s statement reads as follows: “In its simplicity, the chart is a powerful symbol. It is a stylised illustration of inflation and deflation in Norway through history. The chart shows that Norges Bank monitors both economic and financial fluctuations and is able to steer them towards stability.

As featured on earlier special edition circulation coins, the obverse side of the bicentenary coin will feature a portrait of H. M. King Harald V, designed by Ingrid Austlid Rise, designer at the Mint of Norway.    

The launch of the new circulation coin will take place at the Science Centre in Trondheim, today at 13:00. Norges Bank’s head office was initially located in Trondheim. The Science Centre is currently located in what was Norges Bank’s head office between 1833 and 1897.


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Published 14 June 2016 10:00