Norges Bank

Hans Nielsen Hauge. Special edition 20-krone circulation coin (2021)

Hans Nielsen Hauge was born on 3 April 1771. To mark the 250th anniversary of this event, Norges Bank issued a special edition 20-krone circulation coin on 3 April 2021. The coin is legal tender and is issued at face value.

Photo: Håkon Anton Fagerås

Norges Bank invited five artists to participate in a competition to design the anniversary motif on the reverse of the coin. Håkon Anton Fagerås won the competition with the motif “15 000 km”. Over several years, Hans Nielsen Hauge wandered on foot across much of the country, preaching and forming friendship societies. Hauge and the movement he created have been of great importance for the political and economic modernisation of the country.

Design and technical specifications:

  • Diameter: 27.5 mm
  • Thickness: 2.2 mm
  • Weight: 9.9 g
  • Alloy: Cu 81%, Zn 10%, Ni 9%
  • Edge: Plain

Obverse (head side):

The obverse features a portrait of HM King Harald V facing right. Around the portrait: HARALD V NORGES KONGE. At the lower left edge of the portrait, the artist's signature: IAR. Below the portrait: the year 2021 with the initials of Norges Bank.

The coin’s obverse was designed by Ingrid Austlid Rise, designer at the Mint of Norway.

Reverse (tails side):

The coin’s motif shows Hans Nielsen Hauge wandering while reading. Inscribed on the coin is the text “HANS NIELSEN HAUGE 250 ÅR” (Hans Nielsen Hauge 250 years) and the coin’s denomination (20 KR). The signature of the artist (HAF) is located below left on the coin’s surface.

The coin’s reverse was designed by the artist Håkon Anton Fagerås.

Standard-design 20-krone coins will not be issued in 2021.

Published 3 April 2021 09:00