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20 kroner NORWAY (1999) 700 Years of Fortress Akershus

20 kroner 1999 - 700 Years of Fortress Akershus - Norwegian coins
20 kroner 1999 - 700 Years of Fortress Akershus - Coins of Norway
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
27.5 mm 9.9 g 2.3 mm Cu81Zn10Ni9
obverse:
in the centre royal seal of King of Norway Haakon V Magnusson; below in three lines: 20 KR / NORGE / 1999 (face value 20 kroner, Norway and year of issue)
reverse:
in the centre reconstructed view of fortress Akershus in Oslo; along the bottom edge: AKERSHUS 700 ÅR (Akershus 700 years)
edge:
plain
issue date:
7 V 1999
withdrawal date:
circulating
designer:
Ingrid Austlid Rise (concave initials IAR on castle walls at the right edge of the reverse)
mint:
Mint mark of Royal Norwegian Mint Den Kongelige Mynt (The Royal Mint), Kongsberg (mint mark before face value on the obverse, after face value initials JJE of mint chief Jan Erik Johansen)
mintage:
1999 5 061 986 JJE + 50 000 in annual sets
+ 10 000 in commemorative packaging
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:
The Akershus fortress was constructed by King of Norway Haakon V Magnusson (1270-1319) in order to protect the capital of Norway. The fortress was never conquered.

Royal seal of Akershus founder - King Haakon V.

Royal seal of Akershus founder - king Haakon V.

Reconstruction of fortress view as it was in 14th century.

Reconstruction of fortress view as it was in 14th century.

Contemporary view of Akershus.

The Akershus fortress
photo: Tomasz Sienicki; licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0
last update: 31 V 2014

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