coins from King Hans to Carl XIV Johan
King Hans (1483-1513) introduced the
Lübeck monetary system in
Norway. The name refers to the powerful Hanseatic town of Lübeck.
The relative values according to the new system were:
From 1628 the skilling and the half-skilling were the smallest
coin denominations in the Norwegian coins series. The value of these minor
coins continually fell in relation to the riksdaler.
In the new Norwegian monetary system of 1816, 120 skillings were to equal
one species taler. The first coins minted according to the new system was
a copper skilling from 1816.
Ordinary small-denomination coins from the union with
Denmark were in circulation in Norway long after the union was dissolved.
Laws of 1839 and 1842 declared that these coins were no longer legal tender
in Norway. The famous politician and economist Anton Martin Schweigaard
described the situation as follows:
An indeterminable quantity of small-denomination
coins, spread everywhere, have been granted asylum in our kingdom by a
law that recognises all kinds of skilling coins as Norwegian, if only they
bear the name of the Danish-Norwegian kings. The law ensures their validity
despite the fact that they are rejected by the rest of the world; it gives
recognition even to counterfeits.
Forty-eight-skilling, 24-skilling, 16-skilling, 12-skilling, eight-skilling,
four-skilling, two-skilling, skilling, half-skilling.
Erik Valkendorf, Christian II,
Archbishop Olav Engelbrektsson,
Frederick I, Christian
III, Frederick II, Christian
IV, Frederick III, Christian
V, Frederick IV, Christian
VI, Frederick V, Christian
VII, Frederick VI, Carl
XIII, Carl XIV Johan, Oscar
I, Carl XV, Oscar