28 Swedish Banknote Versions for the Same Denomination Circulated Simultaneously 100 Years Ago

28 Oct 2017  Sat

The ten-kronor note from Sweden was introduced 20 years back. There was a time when notes with different designs were released by different banks at the same time. Images of late 19th-century banknotes have been shared by Sweden's Royal Coin Cabinet museum to raise awareness about its collection.

There were 31 private banks in those days across Sweden. Each of them issued its own banknotes. 28 different designs of ten-kronor notes existed in 1901. Images of all the valid notes were displayed by the banks so that bank officials could do their tasks and detect counterfeited notes.

During this special period, Sweden had standard currency but different banknotes. Each of these designs promoted the regions featuring people and buildings that were important for the city in some way.

One of the ten-kronor note produced by Orebro Enskilda Bank in 1896 features the castle and a statue of nobleman Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson in Orebro's main square. He was a leader of a rebellion against Eric of Pomerania.

Queen Kristina is featured on the 1884 ten-kronor note from Kristinehamns Enskilda Bank. The Queen founded the city Kristinehamn and gave it its name.

An 1894 note issued by Kopparbergs Enskilda Bank in Falun features a famous copper mine from the area and King Gustav Vasa who had a connection to the region as well.

Founded in 1668, the Riksbank, Sweden's central bank is the third oldest bank in operation but it got the right to issue its own banknotes only after 200 years. This minimised forgeries that were frequent and hard to spot in those days when different versions of the same banknotes were circulated simultaneously.