Check that the banknote is genuine

A banknote is the product of highly advanced graphic design. You should be able to see and feel that genuine banknotes are worth far more than the paper they are printed on.

In order to easily distinguish between genuine notes and counterfeits, Norwegian banknotes have many security features. Some of these are visible and others are not.

Security features

100-krone note, series VIII, obverse side

The new banknote series is even more secure than previous series, with the most important security features that the public can check being:

1 Floating ring

In the bottom-left corner of the note there is rectangle containing a ring. When you tilt the banknote in different directions the ring appears to float and you can see a play of colours. The denomination is also shown. See video

2 Anchor chain

On the right-hand side of the banknote, you can see three segments of an anchor chain integrated into the paper. When you tilt the note, the chain appears to move. See video

3 Watermark

When the banknote is held up to the light, the watermark, the head of an Atlantic puffin with the denomination, is visible. The Atlantic puffin motif is featured on all the denominations.

4 Security thread

When the banknote is held up to the light, the security thread is visible as a dark line running through the paper.

The new banknotes contain additional security features that will help the general public to distinguish between genuine banknotes and counterfeits.

Published 22 November 2016 10:00
Edited 23 May 2017 14:43

Mobile app

mobile app

"Nye sedler" is Norges Bank's mobile app for checking the new banknotes. The app displays the key security features on the new banknotes to help you tell the difference between a genuine banknote and a counterfeit. 

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play