The late Middle Ages

After nearly 100 years with no minting in Norway, King Hans(1483-1513) began striking coins. Witten, hohllpfennig, skilling and gold gulden were struck in accordance with the Lübeck standard and formed the new monetary system. At the same time the minting of talers had begun on the continent. These coins were much larger than people in the Middle Ages had ever seen. 

Norway's first taler was minted in a monastery at Gimsøy outside Skien in southern Norway in 1546.

To the left: Christian III's coins series struck at Gimsøy monastery in 1546.

Although the archbishopric was granted the authority to issue coins as early as 1222, it was only in the 1500s that the archbishop struck coins with his own name and title. Archaeological excavations in the archbishop's manor in Trondheim have uncovered the archbishop's coin workshop from the 1400s (see Nidaros). The advent of the Reformation in Norway in 1537 put a stop to clerical minting in Norway.

  Danish and Norwegian coins circulated side by side during the union with Denmark. European talers also entered into circulation in Norway, as shown by a series of Norwegian finds of talers.