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100 Kronur 1948, Iceland

in Krause book Number: 35a
Years of issue: 1948 - 1956
Edition: --
Signatures: Magnus Jonsson, Jón G. Maríasson 1943 - 1957
Serie: 15.04.1928 Issue
Specimen of: 15.04.1928
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 150 х 100
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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100 Kronur 1948




Portrait of Jon Erickson.

Jon Eiriksson Jon EirikssonBas relief of Jon Eiriksson from his memorial page, issued to his 100 years birthday, in 1828.

The engraving is made by engraver of Danish National Bank - Erling Carl Vilhelm Eckersberg (25.09.1808 – 27.11.1889).

Jon EirikssonHistory is a Bas-relief comes from 1794, when there was the idea of ​​installing an impressive monument to Jon Eiriksson, which had to be set on one of the coastal cliffs in Iceland.

The idea, in theory, was embodied by Icelandic, later naturalized, Norwegian lawyer and an architect, friend of Eiriksson - Olav Olavsen (before naturalization Ólafur Ólafsson; 25.12.1753 - 20.01.1832).

It was a monument of marble plan, with many allegorical figures, and even with a pool in front. The monument was planned to erect a bronze Bas-relief of Jon Eiriksson, which supposed to make Bertel Thorvaldsen, in Copenhagen. An engraving for a memorial page, was made by J. C. Seehusen, after a drawing by Olav Olavsen.

Olavsen’s intention was that the memorial should be made and constructed on a cliff in Iceland. However the memorial was never made.

In the above article from the Icelandic newspaper "Lesbok Morgunbladsin", issued on December 13, 1925, describes in detail how the monument was supposed to look. Unfortunately, I do not speak Icelandic, so I decided to wait for better opportunity to make the accurate translation of the article.


100 Kronur 1948

Jón Sigurðsson

The engraving on banknote is made after this image of Jón Sigurðsson.

Jón Sigurðsson (June 17, 1811 - December 7, 1879) was the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement. Jón's way of communicating with the Icelandic nation from Denmark where he lived was to publish an annual magazine called Ný félagsrit (New Association Writings). It was published almost every year from 1841 to 1873 with Jón always being the main contributor and financial backer. He is often referred to as President ("Jón forseti") by Icelanders. The main reason for this is that since 1851 he served as President of the Copenhagen Department of Hið íslenska bókmenntafélag (the Icelandic Literature Society). He was also the president of Althing several times, for the first time in 1849.

Denominations in numerals are in all corners. Centered in words.


100 Kronur 1948

Thjórsá Thjórsá

Flock of sheep at the river Thjórsá, South Iceland. The photo made on 21 of September 1927 by icelandic photographer Olaf Magnusson (an engraving is made after his photo).

Þjórsá is Iceland's longest river at 230 kilometers (about 143 miles). It is in the south of the island.

It is a glacier river and has its source on the glacier Hofsjökull. It flows out through narrow gorges in the highlands of Iceland. Further downstream, another river, the Tungnaá, flows into it (see also Háifoss), before it enters the lowlands. There it passes the valley of Þjórsárdalur (Thjorsardalur) where the historical farm of Stöng is located at 64°7′12″N 19°49′13″W. In the lowlands it flows along the eastern border of the Great Þjórsá Lava.

In the middle of the now rather wide river, there is a big island called Árnes, where there used to be a Þing. The administrative unit of Árnessýsla was named after it.

The hringvegur (Road No.1) traverses the river via a bridge between Selfoss and Hella. Some kilometers to the southwest the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

Around the picture are the first letters of the Icelandic bank LI (Landsbanki Islands).

Denominations in numerals are in all corners.


Thanks a lot to Curatorial Assistant of Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen, Mrs. Kitt Holm, for all help with necessary materials.


An article in an Icelandic newspaper, issued in 1970, about a series of banknotes.