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1000 Kronur 2005, Faeroe Islands

in Krause book Number: 28
Years of issue: 2005
Edition: --
Signatures: High Commissioner: Birgit Kleis, Minister of Finance: Bardur Nielsen
Serie: 2001 - 2005 Issue
Specimen of: 30.11.2004
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 165 x 72
Printer: Banknote Printing Works and The Royal Danish Mint, Copenhagen

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1000 Kronur 2005




Faroes sheep and special symbol (same, as on obverse, top left).

The Faroes is a breed of domestic sheep native to the Faroe Islands. One of the Northern European short-tailed sheep, it is a small, very hardy breed.

"Faeroe islands" means "sheep islands" and this animal is on Faroese coat of arms.


1000 Kronur 2005

Calidris maritima Calidris maritima

From the sketches of Zacharias Heinesen.

A flock of purple sandpipers in flight. One of them is approximated in the technique of Intaglio. Rear view.

The purple sandpiper (Calidris maritima) is a small shorebird. The genus name is from Ancient Greek kalidris or skalidris, a term used by Aristotle for some grey-coloured waterside birds. The specific maritima is from Latin and means "of the sea", from mare, "sea".

Adults have short yellow legs and a medium thin dark bill with a yellow base. The body is dark on top with a slight purplish gloss and mainly white underneath. The breast is smeared with grey and the rump is black. They measure 20-22 cm. (7.9-8.7 in.) in length and 42-46 cm. (17-18 in.) across the wings, and weight is from 50-105 g. (1.8-3.7 oz.).

Denominations in numeral and in words are centered.


1000 Kronur 2005


From the sketches of Zacharias Heinesen.

The motif on the reverse is a watercolor of the view from island Sandoy on 2 small islands nearby, located north-west of it - Hestoy or Hestur (right) and Koltur (left).

Hestur (Danish: Hestø) is an island in the central Faroe Islands, to the west of Streymoy and the south of Koltur. Hestur means horse in Faroese.

On the west coast is a guillemot colony. In the north there is moorland with four small lakes, of which Fagradalsvatn is the largest. At Hælur, Hestur's southernmost tip, there is a lighthouse. The island has one settlement, a village also named Hestur on the east coast. The village enjoys the view over Gamlarætt and Velbastaður on Streymoy.

Koltur (Danish: Kolter) is an island in the Faroe Islands, located to the west of Streymoy and to the north-west of Hestur. The name "Koltur" means "colt", in contrast with the name of the larger island to the south-east, 'Hestur', which means "horse". The island has just one settlement, Koltur. It was abandoned in the 1980s by the sheep-farmers whose flocks grazed on the southern part of the island. Since then only two people have returned (in 1994). Koltur has two mountains, Kolturshamar (478 m.) and Fjallið (101 m.) which strictly speaking is not a mountain, the name however translates directly as "The Mountain" and is considered by many as the smallest mountain in the country.

The island supports 160 adult sheep.

Sandoy (Danish: Sandø. English: Sandisland) is the first of the five southern islands that make up the Faroe chain, the fifth biggest of all the Faroe Islands, an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark. It also refers to the region that includes this island along with Skúvoy and Stóra Dímun. The largest village is Sandur. Other settlements include Skarvanes, Skopun, Skálavík, Húsavík and Dalur.

Sandoy gets its name from the large beach at Sandur, and the general sandy soil of the island. It is the only island with dunes.

There are similarly named islands, Sanday in the Orkney Islands, Sanday in the Inner Hebrides and Sandøy in Norway.

A proposal has been approved by the Faroese parliament to build a tunnel connecting Sandoy with the more populous Streymoy to the north. Construction is not intended to be completed until 2021.

The island and other small rocks around have been identified as IBA.

An Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) is an area identified using an internationally agreed set of criteria as being globally important for the conservation of bird populations.

Denomination in numeral is centered.


The hologram symbol is in top left corner.

The symbol have been inspired by decorations from old Faroese wooden churches. The security features help to secure the banknotes against counterfeiting.

Designer: Zacharias Heinesen (born 1936 in Tórshavn) is a Faroese landscape painter. He is the son of the writer William Heinesen.

He attended "Myndlistaskóli Íslands" (The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts), established in 1939 in Reykjavik, between 1957-1958. In 1959-1963 he attended the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen. Through the years he has held a number of exhibitions and his paintings are to be found in several museums. In 1986 he was awarded the Henry Heerup prize.

His paintings were featured on a series of stamps in June 2001.