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5000 Kronur 2013, Iceland

in Krause book Number: 60
Years of issue: 11.2003
Edition: 28 156 000 000
Signatures: David Oddsson, Eirikur Gudnason
Serie: 22 May 2001 Issue
Specimen of: 22.05.2001
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 155 х 70
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), London

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5000 Kronur 2013




Jón Sigurðsson (June 17, 1811 - December 7, 1879). Denomination 5000.

Security strip vertical, left from the center.


5000 Kronur 2013

Ragnheiður JónsdóttirThe engraving on banknote, Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir and bishop Gísli Þorláksson with his two earlier wifes, is made after this painting, finished in Copenhagen, in 1684.

Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir (1646-1715) was an Icelandic seamstress and Bishop's wife.

She was the daughter of the Reverend Jón Arason (1606 - 1673) of Vatnsfjörður and his wife Hólmfríður Sigurðardóttir. She was one of twelve children and was an active seamstress. She taught this skill actively.

Ragnheiður became the wife of two consecutive Lutheran bishops in the Hólar - Gísli Þorláksson and Einar Þorsteinsson. Ragnheiður was considered one of the finest marriageable women of her time. Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir and her husband Bishop Þórláksson asked Guðmundur Guðmundsson (c.1618 - after 1703) from Bjarnastaðahlíð in Vesturdalur, who was one of the most renowned craftsman in Iceland in the XVII century, to build the church at Gröf, on the Skagi peninsula, at that time the sanctuary for the widows of bishops. The building, among the smallest houses of worship in Iceland, is located just south of Hofsós.

On the background are bishop and his two earlier wives, Gróa Þorleifsdóttir and Ingibjörg Benediktsdóttir.

Ragnheiður JónsdóttirDenomination in words is written in old Icelandic font, which Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir used on her embroideries.

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


5000 Kronur 2013

Ragnheiður JónsdóttirThe engraving on banknote is made after this painting. The date and author are unknown.

Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir instructing two girls in embroidery.

Ragnheiður JónsdóttirThe borders and main pattern on both sides and the embroidered lettering on the obverse are copied from the Laufáskirkja altar cloth, made in 1694, by Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir, which today is in the National Museum of Iceland, in Reykjavik.

Ragnheiður JónsdóttirRagnheiður's initials, from her pattern book (which she holds in her hands), are in lower right corner.

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


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 multicoloured metallic thread embedded in the paper, 1.2 mm wide and windowed on the obverse. When held up to the light it appears as a continuous line. The cleartext inscription reads 5000 KR.

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

Microtext beneath the portrait of Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir 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 of the note is printed in red on the obverse, but appears yellow under ultraviolet light.

The number 5000 is printed horizontally with blue shadowing at the top left of the obverse and is repeated on the reverse. When magnified, the shadowing of the numbers forms a continuous pattern of the abbreviation SÍ.

An enlargement of the pattern from the underprint is reproduced on gold foil towards the top of the middle of the obverse. This foil cannot be photocopied. The name Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir and the date 1646-1715 are printed over the foil.

Beside the portrait of Jón Sigurðsson is a new electrotype watermark - the numerals 5000.

On the right half of the obverse, by the upper and lower margins, is extra small print forming a continuous line with the words SEÐLABANKI ÍSLANDS.

A fluorescent green print enclosing the number 5000 is visible in the upper right-hand corner when the note is exposed to ultraviolet light.

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

Three vertical lines are intaglio-printed on the obverse to assist the visually handicapped in recognising this note.