First Look: Norway’s Money Will Look Like This in 2017!
I don’t know if you believe me or not, but this is what Norway’s money will look like in 2017!
The new notes will replace designs introduced in the ’90s and early ’00s featuring such pillars of Norwegian culture as magnetism researcher Kristian Birkeland, opera singer Kirsten Flagstad, and painter Edvard Munch.
This is their new currency design, set to be released in 2017! They will completely change the way their currency look like, but why?
A while ago, the central bank on Norway, Norges Bank, ran a competition to design an entirely new banknote series.
They challenged the people interested to communicate the theme of ‘The Sea’, and the competition drew entries from a wide demographic of the country.
From professional artists, to young children, everyone wanted to be a part of this competition.
Now, after the final round, the officials of central bank of Norway have chosen the winners. They have selected the works from two colorful proposals to grace each side.
“The obverses from The Metric System are very well suited to the incorporation of necessary security elements. The expression is open, light and typically Nordic,” says Norges Bank.
“Using the pixel motifs from Snøhetta Design as the reverse will give the notes both a traditional and a modern expression.”
One is beautifully detailed nautical images from The Metric System, and one is strikingly abstract from Snøhetta Design.
As you may know, Norway isn’t the first country with wildly colorful bills. Canada and Australia are notable examples with a rainbow of banknotes.
The front side contains a series of artwork by graphic design studio The Metric System and Terje Tønnessen called “Norwegian Living Space.”
The basis for the pixelated back will be the “Beauty of Boundaries” design by Snøhetta Design. The front features various ocean scenes of importance to the Norwegian national identity.
However, the design by Snøhetta Design is without a doubt unique, and lends the notes both a classic expression on one side and a modern approach on the other one.
Snøhetta, which has offices in Oslo and New York, has designed some of Norway’s most iconic buildings, including the Oslo Opera House, a contemporary structure modeled after an iceberg that appears to seep into the Oslofjord below it.
The backsides of their controversial new banknotes feature color palettes that look like digitally blurred versions of the images found on the fronts of the bills.
When the banknotes will be released?
On the reverse side of the notes are more conventional designs incorporating both images traditional to Norway (a Viking ship, a lighthouse, and yes, even a fish) and the necessary watermarks and serial numbers.
The series is now going through a revision process to incorporate security elements, so they may look a little different when completed and issued as early as 2017.
It might look like pixelated images, but these are Norway’s new currency. It’s the real deal and we can’t wait to see it happen!
Their new up-coming banknotes are true works of art, and it’s another reason of celebration that Norway didn’t join the Euro.
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