To mark the bicentenary of the founding of Norway's first university, Norges Bank is issuing a special edition 10 krone circulation coin on Tuesday, 3 May. The coin is legal tender and will be issued at nominal value. 10 krone coins in the standard design will not be issued in 2011.
2 September 2011 will be the 200th anniversary of King Frederick VI's assent to the founding of a university in Norway. Over a century and a half, Norwegians fought to have their own university, first in 1661, later in the 1760s and 1770s and with particular intensity in 1793-95, but each time their demands were rejected by the King in Copenhagen. When King Frederick VI gave his assent in September 1811, the exact location of the university was yet to be determined. Kongsberg was considered, but in spring 1812, Christiania (now Oslo) was finally chosen.
In issuing the coin, Norges Bank has emphasised that the occasion is not geographically limited to Oslo but commemorates the beginnings of higher education and science and scholarship in a broad sense. In 2011 Norway has eight universities, with university-level education offered in all parts of the country.
(information by Pabitra Saha)
(all data and image taken from the Norges Bank)
LINK: Norges Bank
Diameter: 24,00 mm
Thickness: 2,00 mm
Weight: 6,8 gr
Alloy: 81% Cu, 10% Zn, 9% Ni
Edge: Alternate plain/milled
Designers: Ingrid Austlid Rise and Enzo Finger