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200 Kronur 2011, Faeroe Islands

in Krause book Number: 26
Years of issue: 2011
Edition: --
Signatures: High Commissioner: Dan Michael Knudsen, Minister of Finance: Aksel Vilhelmsson Johannesen
Serie: 2001 - 2005 Issue
Specimen of: 19.01.2004
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 145 х 72
Printer: Banknote Printing Works and The Royal Danish Mint, Copenhagen

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200 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.

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200 Kronur 2011

Hepialus humuliA ghost moth printed in intaglio.

The ghost moth (Hepialus humuli), also known as the ghost swift, is a moth of the family Hepialidae. It is common throughout Europe except for the far south-east. This species is often considered the only species in the genus Hepialus and a number of previously included species is now reclassified into other genera. However, other authorities retain a number of species in the Hepialus genus.

The male has a wingspan of about 44 mm and both forewings and hindwings are pure white (although in H. h. thulensis, found in Shetland and the Faroe Islands, there are buff-coloured individuals). The female is larger (wingspan about 48 mm.) and has yellowish-buff forewings with darker linear markings and brown hindwings. The adults fly from June to August and are attracted to light. The species overwinters as a larva.

The ghost moth gets its name from the display flight of the male, which hovers, sometimes slowly rising and falling, over open ground to attract females. In a suitable location several males may display together in a lek.

The larva is whitish and maggot-like and feeds underground on the roots of a variety of wild and cultivated plants. The species can be an economically significant pest in forest nurseries.

The term ghost moth is sometimes used as a general term for all Hepialids.

A watercolor with blades of grass from the sketches by Zacharias Heinesen.

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200 Kronur 2011

A watercolor of the island of Tindhólmur with its characteristic peaks.

TindhólmurTindhólmur is an islet on the south side of Sørvágsfjørður, west of Vágar in the Faroe Islands. It has its name from the five peaks, which are named Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, Bogdi (Farthest, Eagle, Small, Broad, Bent).

From the sketches by 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.