Back in 2014, Norway announced they would be putting newly designed bills into circulation in 2017.
It’s 2017 and they’re here.
Below is the front and back of the 500 kroner note:
The bills were designed by two different Norwegian design studios. The front (top image) by The Metric System and the back (bottom image) by Snøhetta.
The decision to use two different design styles on either side was a mistake. Without a unified design style the bills lack cohesion. In isolation each bill is gorgeous, but when viewed together it just doesn’t work.
So close. Sigh.
To end on a slightly positive note, these bills are still light-years better than what we have in the States (although that’s not a very high bar).