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500 Kronur 2011, Faeroe Islands

in Krause book Number: 27
Years of issue: 2011
Edition: --
Signatures: High Commissioner: Dan Michael Knudsen, Minister of Finance: Aksel Vilhelmsson Johannesen
Serie: 2001 - 2005 Issue
Specimen of: 30.11.2004
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 155 x 72
Printer: Banknote Printing Works and The Royal Danish Mint, Copenhagen

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500 Kronur 2011

Description

Watermark:

watermark

Faroes sheep. 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.

Avers:

500 Kronur 2011

Carcinus maenasFrom the sketches of Zacharias Heinesen.

A shore crab (Carcinus maenas) printed in intaglio.

Carcinus maenas is a common littoral crab, and an important invasive species, listed among the 100 "world's worst alien invasive species". It is native to the north-east Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea, but has colonized similar habitats in Australia, South Africa, South America and both Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America. It grows to a carapace width of 90 millimeters (3.5 in.), and feeds on a variety of mollusks, worms and small crustaceans, potentially impacting a number of fisheries. Its successful dispersion has occurred via a variety of mechanisms, such as on ships' hulls, packing materials, bivalves moved for aquaculture, and rafting.

C. maenas is known by different names around the world. In the British Isles, it is generally referred to as the shore crab, or green shore crab. In North America and South Africa, it bears the name green crab or European green crab. In Australia and New Zealand, it is referred to as either the European green crab or European shore crab.

On background is, in watercolor, the sandy seabed, viewed through the water.

Revers:

500 Kronur 2011

Hvannasund

The motif on the reverse is a watercolor of the village of Hvannasund, where many shore crabs can be found along the beach.

Hvannasund (Kvannesund, older Quannesund) is a village and municipality in the Faroe Islands.

Hvannasund located on the west coast of the island of Viðoy. It faces Norðdepil on Borðoy. The villages are connected to each other by a dam. A large cracked rock rests in an area just north of Hvannasund. An old legend details that the rock, called Skrudhettan, broke the very moment that Jesus was born.

From the sketches of Zacharias Heinesen.

Comments:

I got this note in Danish National Bank, in Copenhagen, at 7 of May 2013.

The Faroese banknote series was upgraded with a new, more sophisticated window thread in 2012.

The motif moves up and down when the banknote is tilted from side to side - and vice versa. Another new security feature is the face-and-reverse symbol, i.e. print on the face and reverse fits together to create a symbol when the banknote is held up to the light. At the same time, the watermark and the hidden thread become visible. The symbols 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.