100-kronor banknote

Picture on the front of the valid 100-kronor note

Picture on the reverse of the valid 100-kronor note

The current 100-krona note was first issued in 2001. Prior to that there was a 100-krona note with the same motif, but without a foil strip and see-through picture. The older note was first issued in 1986 and became invalid on 1 January 2006.


1. The main motif is a portrait of the naturalist Carl von Linné.


2. Linné's motto in very small letters.


3. A sketch of the Linnaeus garden in Uppsala.


4. Sketches of pollinating plants taken from Linné's work in 1729.


5. A foil strip with a hologram (three-dimensional image) showing the denomination and three crowns.


6. A pattern that, together with the pattern on the reverse of the note, forms an image showing the denomination of the note when you hold the banknote up to the light.


7. Drawing of a bee pollinating a flower from a photograph by Lennart Nilsson.


8. The background consists of stylised pictures from the fertilisation of a flower.


9. A reconstruction of how the flower looks through the multifaceted eyes of a bee.


Measurements: 72 x 140 millimetres.


The main motif on the face of the 100-krona note is one of our country's most well known historical figures, the naturalist Carl von Linné (Linnaeus). The portrait is engraved from a painting by the Swedish 18th century artist Alexander Roslin.


Carl von Linné (1707-1778) created the system for the classification of plants and animals into different species and families that still comprises the basis for natural sciences research.


On the face of the note there is also a drawing of pollinating plants taken from Linné's early work Præludia Sponsaliarum Plantarum from 1729. Linné realised that study of the reproduction of plants was essential to gain a real knowledge of them. Behind the drawing can be seen a sketch of the botanical gardens in Uppsala, where Linné was director, and which is now known as the Linné garden.


To the right of Linné's portrait is his motto in very small text:


"OMNIA MIRARI ETIAM TRITISSIMA" (Find wonder in all things, even the most commonplace).


The motif on the reverse of the banknote illustrates the further development of Linné's work - he himself never realised the role played by the bee in pollinating a flower. All of the motifs are taken from pictures by photographer Lennart Nilsson, who is internationally renowned for his technologically advanced photography. The most prominent motif is a drawing of a bee pollinating a flower. However, there are also pictures from the fertilisation of flowers: pollen grains, the lobes of a stigma and the result, a germ.


One of the motifs is a reconstruction of how a flower looks through the multifaceted eye of a bee.


Banknotes become worn out and are gradually replaced. The average lifetime of a 100-krona note is around 18 months.


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