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Norway’s new sea-themed banknotes have been heralded as an instant design classic.  Norges Bank invited eight teams to submit proposals for banknote redesigns and two Oslo-based studios were awarded one side each.  Architecture and design firm Snøhetta submitted a modern design featuring pixelated motifs of views of coastal Norway which will appear on the backs of the krone bills, while the Metric System ironically offered the more traditional imagery which will be displayed on the front.

The banknotes are an unusual cultural identifier as well as unlikely works of art. Norges Bank has advised that the final banknotes may differ from the proposals because of security reasons but it is intended that the notes will be issued in 2017 at the earliest.