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Norway 50 Kroner 2008 (1996-2011)

Item Code: NO-46C

Front: Portrait of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1812 - 1885) wearing spectacles (eyeglasses). The background is based
on Asbjørnsen's story "A Summer's Night in Krogskogen" and also creates associations with his profession as a forester
depicting spruce trees. 12-sided form printed intaglio, encircles a hexagon resembling a spider web, with a hidden "N".
Willow twine*. Back: Water lillies. Dragonfly. Key. The design is based on Asbjørnsen's story "A Summer's Night in
Krogskogen". Many of us have experienced the stillness of a woodland tarn and the feeling of magic as we glance into
the water and see the reflections of clouds overhead, hear the buzzing of a dragonfly and perceive the fragrance of
flowering water lilies. Many Norwegian artists have been inspired by this experience. Theodor Kittelsen's drawings of this
motif are the most famous. The key in the lower right-hand corner is a symbol used by Asbjørnsen in the fairytale "The
storehouse key on the distaff" where the farm boy cunningly exposes the arrogance and deceit of the couple whom he
had thought were to be his in-laws. By extension the key may also symbolise an openness to contact with fairies and
goblins. Watermark: Portrait of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen repeated vertically. Main colour: Green. Artists: Graphic
designers, Sverre Morken (obverse) and Arild Yttri (reverse).
Signatures: Svein Ingvar Gjedrem (Governor 1999-2010);
Trond Eklund (Chief Cashier)
. Issuer: Norges Bank. Date of First Issue: 20 January 1997. Date of withdrawal: N/a.
Legal tender: Yes. Material: Cotton.
Printer: Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd. and Oberthur Technologies (France).
Remark: Norges Banks Seddeltrykkeri (NBS) printing plant closed its operation permanently on 29 June 2007.
 

 
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Dimensions: 128 x 59 mm
 

Remark: * In the Norwegian folk tale "The princess that no one could silence", the main character, Per Askeladden
tied willow twine around the magpie to keep it from falling apart in the oven. Willow twine is also used for tethering
cows, in fencing and on panniers. It may also symbolise Asbjørnsen's exceptional ability to gather the best folk
tales from the oral tradition.

 

Texts: Norges Bank. Femti Kroner. Fifty Kroner. Noregs Bank. Norwegian Currency.

 
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