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2000 Kronur 1995, Iceland

in Krause book Number: 57
Years of issue: 1995
Edition: 260 000 000
Signatures: Steingrimur Hermannsson, Birgir Isleifur Gunnarsson
Serie: 5 May 1986 Issue
Specimen of: 05.05.1986
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 150 х 70
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), London

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2000 Kronur 1995




Jón Sigurðsson (June 17, 1811 - December 7, 1879) was the leader of the XIX 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.

Security strip vertical, left from the center.


2000 Kronur 1995

Johannes Kjarval

The engraving on banknote is made after this photo of Johannes Kjarval.

Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval (15 October 1885 - 13 April 1972) was an Icelandic painter. He is by many considered one of the most important artists of Iceland. Kjarval was a prolific painter, leaving thousands of drawings and paintings after a long life. The paintings vary greatly in style and frequently mix different styles into a very personal style. Although not surreal, some of his works include absurd and symbolist elements mixing elves and myths into landscape. Many of his works include Icelandic landscape and lava formation but many of his landscape paintings are partially "cubist" and abstract with his focus on zooming on the closest ground and less the impressive mysterious mountains in the background.

Johannes Kjarval

The painter has been much discussed and also criticized by some because of this unusual mixture. Nevertheless, it is an oversimplication to classify him has a landscape painter. His work includes expressionist, abstract, cubist, landscape and portrait paintings and drawings - and his "style promiscuity" was highly original as the man himself was. He was a highly original modernizer of his time and still remains quite unique among Icelandic and world painters. In 1958 he was awarded the Prince Eugen

In Reykjavík a museum which is Part of the Reykjavík Art Museum is called "Kjarvalsstaðir" and presents his works besides other exhibitions.

Johannes Kjarval

In the background is a stylized detail from his painting "Outside and Inside" ("Úti og inni"), 1943.

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


2000 Kronur 1995

Kjarval's painting "Yearning for Flight" ("Flugþrá") and his drawing "Woman and Flowers" ("Kona og blóm").

Flugþrá Flugþrá

"Yearning for Flight" ("Flugþrá"). The painting was finished between 1935 and 1954.

Denominations in numerals are in lower left and top right corner.


The banknote is no longer in print, in connection with the release in 2013 of the new banknote of 10,000 Kronur.

Increased protection against counterfeiting:

The watermark is a portrait of Jón Sigurðsson, leader of Iceland?s independence movement. It is clearly visible on both sides of the note when held up to the light.

The note has a polyester thread in the paper.

On both sides of the note is intaglio printing which can be detected by touch.

The unique serial number on the left of the obverse appears yellow under ultraviolet light.

Signatures appear yellow under ultraviolet light.

Micro-lettering at the bottom right margin on the reverse appears as an unbroken line to the naked eye, but when magnified forms a continuous line with the words SEÐLABANKI ÍSLANDS.

The unique serial number on the right of the obverse appears yellow under ultraviolet light.

When magnified, the shadowing in the number 2000 on the obverse and reverse forms a continuous pattern of the abbreviation SÍ.

The paper is made of raw cotton with a different feel from that of normal paper.

A triangle is intaglio-printed on the obverse to assist the visually handicapped in recognising this note.