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5000 krónur


The watermark is a portrait of Jón Sigurðsson, leader of Iceland?s independence movement. It is clearly visible on both sides of the note when held up to the light.

Security thread

The note has a multicoloured metallic thread embedded in the paper, 1.2 mm wide and windowed on the obverse. When held up to the light it appears as a continuous line. The cleartext inscription reads 5000 KR.

Intaglio printing

On both sides of the note there is dark blue intaglio printing which can be detected by touch.


Microtext beneath the portrait of Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir appears as an unbroken line to the naked eye, but when magnified, forms a continuous line with the words SEÐLABANKI ÍSLANDS.

Red serial number on the obverse

The unique serial number of the note is printed in red on the obverse, but appears yellow under ultraviolet light.

Micro-engraved lettering tint (melt)

The number 5000 is printed horizontally with blue shadowing at the top left of the obverse and is repeated on the reverse. When magnified, the shadowing of the numbers forms a continuous pattern of the abbreviation SÍ.

Gold foil

An enlargement of the pattern from the underprint is reproduced on gold foil towards the top of the middle of the obverse. This foil cannot be photocopied. The name Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir and the date 1646-1715 are printed over the foil.

Electrotype watermark

Beside the portrait of Jón Sigurðsson is a new electrotype watermark - the numerals 5000.

Extra small print

On the right half of the obverse, by the upper and lower margins, is extra small print forming a continuous line with the words SEÐLABANKI ÍSLANDS.


A fluorescent green print enclosing the number 5000 is visible in the upper right-hand corner when the note is exposed to ultraviolet light.

Type of paper

The paper is made of raw cotton with a different feel from that of normal paper.

Blind recognition feature

Three vertical lines are intaglio-printed on the obverse to assist the visually handicapped in recognising this note.