Series VII

50-krone note

Size in mm: 128 x 60. Issued 20 January 1997. Notes with annual figures from 2003 have been upgraded with a broader security thread and with the text "Norges Bank". Notes with annual figures from 2008 (printed abroad) have a letter in front of the serial number.


The motif on the obverse is a portrait of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen. The background is based on Asbjørnsen's story "A summer night in Krogskogen" and also creates associations with his profession as a forester.

The 12-sided form is intaglio, encircles a hexagon resembling a spider web and encompasses a number of security features.

Willow twine is portrayed over the watermark on the left side of the obverse. 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.

Designed by graphic designer Sverre Morken.


The reverse is also based on "A summer 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.

Designed by graphic designer Arild Yttri.

Security features (Flash)

Security features - non-upgraded 50-krone note (1996-2002)

Images of current 50-krone notes

All Norwegian banknotes are printed in intaglio on cotton paper. This gives them a special "feel" which distinguishes them from copies on ordinary paper. If you notice that a note "feels" different when you receive it, it is important that you carry out some extra tests.

Security feature

Watermark and security thread on upgraded notes (annual figures from 2003-)

When the banknote is held up to the light, the watermark, a portrait of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, and the security thread are clearly visible. The watermark, which consists of a row of portraits identical to the main portrait, emerges in various shades of grey-green. On the new banknotes, you can feel a variation in the thickness of the paper along the watermark. When the banknote is held up to the light, you can see the security thread where the text, NORGES BANK.

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Security feature

Notes with annual figures from 2008 have a letter in front of the serial number to the top left.

On notes that have not been upgraded (annual figures 1996-2002), the security thread is also visible when the notes are held up to the light, but the thread is thinner and there is no text.




Security feature

Rosette with a hidden "N" and microlettering

If you study the banknote very carefully, you will also discover microlettering, and in the rosette, the letter "N" will emerge when the banknote is help up to the light at an angle. Microlettering appears on the front and reverse of the banknote.

Security feature

Register mark

There is a register mark beneath the rosette. When the banknote is held up to the light, the non-coloured portion of the register mark on the obverse is filled by the coloured portion of the symmetrical mark on the reverse, thus forming a complete register mark.



Security feature

Fluorescent print

When the banknote is exposed to ultraviolet light, part of the print as well as small fibres in the paper become fluorescent.


Security feature

There is an invisible nib superimposed over the portrait. It fluoresces when the note is exposed to ultraviolet light.

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Published20 January 1997 08:18
Edited 18 June 2010 12:11