Christian IIIs mynthistorie
||Bergen, Gimsøy, Oslo|
||Jørgen Koch the younger(Gimsøy)|
||silver gulden, mark eight-skilling, skilling|
|Christian III (1536-1559) had already issued skillings in Oslo in 1535, as HERES NORVEGIE, "heir to Norway". He issued skillings in Bergen in 1537. On these he entitled himself "King of Norway". Although this was, in fact, true, it is nevertheless remarkable considering his proclamation the previous year, stating that Norway was no longer to be, or be referred to, as a kingdom. Instead, along with the other nations of Jutland, Fyn, Zealand and Skåne, Norway was to be subject to the Danish Crown for all eternity.
There was a brief period of minting in 1543 at a disused convent on Gimsøy by Skien, southwest of Oslo. The silver used here was taken from the Gullnes copperworks in Seljord. The coins minted on Gimsøy were skilling, eight-skilling and mark pieces. Another coin in this series was a silver taler, the Gimsøy taler. This was Norway's first coin in the taler class.