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1,000-kronor banknote

1. The main motif is a portrait of Gustav Vasa.
 
2. One of the rings includes a quotation from Gustav Vasa in micro lettering.
 
3. A detail from the parhelion painting, the oldest painting of Stockholm.
 
4. The rings symbolise an atmospheric phenomenon that occurred in 1535.
 
5. The sun contains a hidden picture, a half-moon that shines under ultraviolet light. On some banknotes the half-moon is barely visible or not visible at all. In such cases it is particularly important to check other security features.

6. A harvest picture from Olaus Magnus' Description of the Northern Peoples from 1555.
 
Measurement: 82 x 160 mm. The note was introduced in 1989. The number of 1000-krona notes in circulation as at 31 December 2005 was approximately 45 million, amounting to a value of SEK 45 billion.
 
The main motif on the 1000-krona note is a copperprint of Gustav Vasa, from an oil painting by Cornelius Arentz in the 1620s. Gustav Vasa (1496-1560) founded the Swedish hereditary monarchy and united the loosely connected Sweden of the 16th century into a state with a central government. Following the reformation in 1527, he also incorporated the young Lutheran church, making it into a Swedish state church.
 
On the face of the note is a depiction of what is known as the parhelion picture in the Cathedral in Stockholm. This is an oil painting showing an atmospheric phenomenon that occurred in the capital city on 20 April 1535. The phenomenon is symbolised by the rings. To the left of Gustav Vasa's headdress, by one of the rings, is a quotation from Gustav Vasa reproduced in micro lettering: SCRIPTURAM IN PROPRIA HABEANT LINGUA (Let them have the holy scripture in their own language). This quotation is taken from a letter where Gustav Vasa orders a translation of the bible into Swedish.
 
On the reverse of the banknote is a graphic interpretation from Olaus Magnus' Description of the Northern Peoples from 1555. The picture shows the harvest being gathered and threshed in radiant sunshine. Olaus Magnus (1490-1557) was the last Catholic archbishop and a scientific author. His written works are considered to be one of the most important sources of our knowledge of Swedish geography and cultural history during the 16th century.
 

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