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50 øre NORWAY (1996-2011)

50 øre 1996-2011 - Norwegian coins
50 øre 1996-2011 - Coins of Norway
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
18.5 mm 6.6 g 1.7 mm Cu97Zn2.5Sn0.5
obverse:
in the coin centre the royal crown
reverse:
left from the centre a motif from an ornament decorating stave church in Urnes; along the right edge: 50 ØRE • NOREG • (face value and Norway in Nynorsk - New Norwegian language) and year of issue
edge:
plain
issue date:
16 IX 1996
withdrawal date:
1 V 2012
designer:
Grazyna Jolanta Lindau (monogram GJL in the centre of the reverse)
mint:
Mint mark of Royal Norwegian Mint Den Kongelige Mynt (The Royal Mint), Kongsberg - name till 2004,

Det Norske Myntverket (The Norwegian Mint), Kongsberg - name from 2004 (mint mark under the crown on the obverse, on its right initials of the mint's chief Jan Erik Johansen JJE in years 1996-2001, or initials JJE* in 2001, or initials of Magne Flagans MF in years 2002-2006; after 2006 no initials were placed on Norwegian coins)

mint marks
mintage:
1996 81 976 200 JJE
1997 24 014 873 JJE + 75 000 in annual sets
1998 30 843 000 JJE + 70 000 in annual sets
1999 25 264 273 JJE + 50 000 in annual sets
2000 18 934 552 JJE + 45 000 in annual sets
2001 16 793 250 JJE + 55 000 in annual sets
2001 13 291 750 JJE*
2002 23 903 000 MF + 55 000 in annual sets
2003 4 265 000 MF + 55 000 in annual sets
2004 14 752 000 MF + 55 000 in annual sets
2005 4 908 000 MF + 55 000 in annual sets
2006 30 177 000 MF + 50 000 in annual sets
2007 20 087 000 + 30 000 in annual sets
2008 19 364 000 + 27 000 in annual sets
2009 9 876 000 + 27 000 in annual sets
2010 14 968 000 + 25 000 in annual sets
2011 9 945 000 + 25 000 in annual sets
varieties:
2001 - coins with initials of the mint chief Jan Erik Johansen JJE or with initials JJE* from the period after Johansen resigned from August 23 to December 31, 2001;

2011 - digits 1 in the year of issue normal (1.7 mil pieces were struck) or by accident flipped horizontally (8.3 mil pieces were struck)

variety of 50 øre from 2011
mint and privy marks:
Until 2006 on Norwegian coinage apart from crossed sledge hammer and chisel - the mint mark of the Norwegian mint, also initials of mint's directors were placed. Let's meet the people standing behind these initials:

B, AB 1961 - 30 VI 1980 Arne Bakken
AB* 1 VII - 31 XII 1980 Ole-Robert Kolberg
K 1981 - 1993 Ole-Robert Kolberg
K* 1994 Jan Erik Johansen
J, JJE 1994 - 2001 Jan Erik Johansen
JJE* 23 VIII - 31 XII 2001 Magne Flagans
MF 2002 - 2006 Magne Flagans
interesting facts:
A piece of ornament on northern portal of stave church in Urnes (Urnes Stavkirke) - year ca. AD 1130.

Urnes Stavkirke
photo: Sean Hayford O'Leary; licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0
last update: 31 V 2014

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