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20 kroner NORWAY (2014) 200 Years of Signing Constitution

20 kroner 2014 200 Years of Signing Constitution - Norwegian coins
20 kroner 2014 200 Years of Signing Constitution - Coins of Norway
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
27.5 mm 9.9 g 2.3 mm Cu81Zn10Ni9
obverse:
in the centre head of Harald V King of Norway facing right; below year of issue: 2014; along the top edge: HARALD V • NORGES KONGE (Harald V King of Norway)
reverse:
on the left a profile of Christian Magnus Falsen facing right, in front of his face six contours of various faces symbolising different generations of Norwegians; on the right in two lines face value: 20 / KR (KRONER); on the bottom in two lines: GRUNNLOVEN / 1814-2014 (Constitution 1814-2014)
edge:
plain
issue date:
16 II 2014
withdrawal date:
circulating
designer:
Ingrid Austlid Rise (initials IAR behind king's neck on the obverse), Esther Maria Bjørnboe (initials EMB on Falsen's shoulder at the left edge of the reverse)
mint:
Mint mark of Royal Norwegian Mint Det Norske Myntverket (The Royal Mint), Kongsberg (mint mark divides year of issue on the obverse)
mintage:
2014 1 992 000 + 25 000 in annual sets
interesting facts:
This Norwegian commemorative coin of 20 kroner from 2014 commemorates 200th anniversary of signing the constitution of Norway. A draft of the constitution was written by Christian Magnus Falsen (1782-1830), Norwegian jurist together with a Dane Johan Gunder Adler (1784-1852). Preparing a draft they were inspired by existing constitutions of the United States and of Spain, which they adjusted to Norwegian coditions. On May 16, 1814, after five weeks of work a ready text was brought to the National Assembly for voting. The constitution was signed the next day. May 17th is today a public holiday in Norway and Christian Magnus Falsen is called the father of the constitution. Norwegian constitution is second oldest valid constitution in the world.

Christian Magnus Falsen on a portrait by Christian Olsen.

Christian Magnus Falsen
last update: 22 II 2015

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