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10 Kronor 1968. 300th Anniversary of Sveriges Riksbank 1668-1998, Sweden

in Krause book Number: P56a
Years of issue: 10.05.1968
Edition: 2 000 000
Signatures: Riksbankschef: Per Åsbrink (1965 - 1970), Erik Wärnberg
Serie: Commemorative issue
Specimen of: 1968
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 120 х 68
Printer: Tumba Bruk (Crane and Co.), Tumba, Sweden

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10 Kronor 1968. 300th Anniversary of Sveriges Riksbank 1668-1998




Crowned monogram of The King Charles XI (which ruled in 1668).


10 Kronor 1968. 300th Anniversary of Sveriges Riksbank 1668-1998

Centered are the pattern and laurel branches.

On right side mother Svea with lion and shield with Swedish emblem - Three crowns.

Right of mother Svea are 2 cornucopias, symbolizing prosperity.

Under them are 4 symbols of the Estates of the Middle Ages (it is not clear exactly which symbols):

Nobles (Adelsmän)

Priests (Präster)

Honorary Citizens (Borgare)

Farmers (Bönder).

On background, behind mother Svea, is old seal of Swedish Royal Bank.

Moder Svea

On right side is the personification of Sweden, Mother Svea.

Mother Svea or Mother Swea (Swedish: Moder Svea) is the female personification of Sweden and a patriotic emblem of the Swedish nation.

Mother Svea is normally depicted as a powerful female warrior, valkyrie or shieldmaiden, frequently holding a shield and standing beside a lion. In her hand is cornucopia.

Svea is a Swedish female personal name which derives from svea, an old plural genitive form meaning "of the Swedes" or the Swea. It appears in Svea rike, a translation of the old Swedish word Sverige, the Swedish name for Sweden.

The popular image is considered to have been created by Swedish writer, Anders Leijonstedt (1649-1725) when first introduced in his poem Svea Lycksaligheets Triumph (1672).

As a patriotic symbol, Moder Svea gained widespread popularity in Kunga Skald (1697), written by Swedish poet Gunno Eurelius (1661-1709) in honor of King Charles XI of Sweden. Eurelius was later ennobled with the name of "Dahlstjerna".

Mother Svea appeared frequently as a national symbol in XIX-century Swedish literature and culture. She appeared on various Swedish banknotes for over seventy years, such as both the 5-kronor banknote printed between 1890-1952 and the 5-kronor banknote printed between 1954-1963.

Near Mother Svea is the motto of Swedish Riksbank.

"Hinc robur et securitas" (Latin: For strength and security). The motto of the Swedish Riksbank. All banknotes from the 1890s and up until the 1963 had this motto on oberse. Between 1963 and 1986 there was only one hundred thousand bills that had the motto. Nowadays it is only five hundred bills and this is in the form of microtext. The purpose of the motto is to give confidence in the paper money issued by Riksbank. The Riksbank is the ultimate guarantor of the value of money.

Denominations are in top left and lower right corners. Centered in words.


10 Kronor 1968. 300th Anniversary of Sveriges Riksbank 1668-1998

Södra Bankohuset

The building of Old national Bank of Sweden in Stockholm (Södra Bankohuset) from lithography edited by Erik Dahlberg "Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna" ("Sweden antique and modern") in 1691.

In 1668 the Riksdag (the Swedish parliament), which consists of the nobles, the clergy and the burghers, decided to re-establish Stockholms Banco under the name the Bank of the Estates of the Realm.

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During the Caroline years Kings Karl XI and Karl XII exercised considerable influence over the Bank. It was forced, for instance, to finance the Great Northern War. The financial strains this entailed meant that no money could be paid out.

Charles XI's minority reign, when Sweden was administered as a regency, saw the founding in 1668 of what is now Sveriges Riksbank.

Södra Bankohuset (Swedish: "The Southern [National] Bank Building") or Gamla Riksbanken ("The Old National Bank") is a building in Gamla stan, the old town of Stockholm, Sweden, together with Norra Bankohuset (Swedish: "The Northern [National] Bank Building") the location of the Bank of Sweden until 1906. It is facing the square Järntorget on its west side and Skeppsbron on its east, while two alleys passes north and south of it, Norra Bankogränd and Södra Bankogränd.

The western quarter of the building including the façade, built in 1675-1682, was designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Elder (1615-1684); the western court and its two wings were built in 1694-1712 under the son of the latter, Nicodemus Tessin the Younger (1654-1728); while the eastern half and façade were designed by Carl Hårleman (1700-1753) and built during the period 1733-1737.

Coherently designed as elongated block-size palace, Södra Bankohuset unites the prestigious line-up along Skeppsbron with the narrow urban conglomeration of the old town. The plain architraves and original Renaissance design of the western façade is repeated around the building, and is in the eastern façade supplemented with pediments, channelled rustication up to the mezzanine, and a rocaille over the entrance pouring out bank notes and coins. The western portal is a quotation of Vignola's portal at Villa Farnese, in Caprarola.

At the bottom is an inscription on old Swedish language, which refers to "Sveriges Rikes Ständers Bank" (though called Swedish Riksbank before 1866): ". . . skolandes thenne Sedel gälla i hwars hand then finnes, och af Banquen wid upwisandet betald warda."

In English: ". . . should this banknote apply in everyone's hands, and from the bank upon presentation, be paid."

Denominations in numerals are in three corners.


Invalid from 31 of December 1998.

Designer and engraver: Albert Jorpes.