Valid banknotes in circulation

The Central Bank of Iceland has exclusive rights to issue currency in Iceland. One way in which the Central Bank emphasises the integrity of Icelandic currency is through the use of various security features in banknotes. Security features make notes easier to recognise and more difficult to counterfeit.
 

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  • 10,000 kr.

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  • 2,000 kr.

  • 1,000 kr.

  • 500 kr.

Security

Security features have been used in banknotes for hundreds of years. The hand-written signature was one of the first security features and many others have since been added, such as specially processed paper, watermarks, security threads and intaglio printing. In recent years central banks have issued new notes with a wider, even more sophisticated range of security features. Others have upgraded their earlier notes with the same aim. The following table shows the security features of Icelandic banknotes that are in circulation today.

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  • 1,000 kr. security

  • 500 kr. security

SECURITY FEATURES

 

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5000 

10000

Watermark with portrait

*

* 

*

 *

 *

Security thread

*

*

*

 *

 *

Intaglio pringing (front and back)

*

*

*

 *

 *

Fluorescent serial numbers (on right obverse)

*

*

*

*

 *

Microtext

 

 

*

 

 

Fluorescent serial-numbers and signatures (on left obverse)

*

*

*

 *

 *

Micro-engraved lettering tint (melt)

*

*

*

 *

 *

 OPTIKS I 

Metal foil

 

*

 

 *

 *

Windowed cleartext thread

*

*

 

 *

 

Electrotype watermark 

 

 

 

 *

 *

Extra small print, undefined

*

*

 

 *

 *

Blink

*

 *

 

 *

 *

Cornerstone watermark

*

*

  

 

 *

Blind recognition feature

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Optiks consists of a couple of security features. It is a bold 18mm wide demetallised thread with customised images. In transmission the images in the metallic thread are clearly visible. Fluorescent bands on the threat are seend in ultraviolet light. The thread has a see-through aperture (a window).