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50 ORE COIN - NORWAY - CROWN - MYTHICAL ANIMAL NIDHOGG
(KM 460)
- Kongsburg Mint

Date: A.D. 2007

Obverse: Crown and crossed hammers

Reverse: The mythical animal Nidhogg (Dragon) - 50 ORE NORGE 2007
Engraver: Grazyna Jolanta Lindau

This 50 Ore coin (also called a 15 Skilling) was minted under the reign of King Harald V of Norway, a constitutional monarchy on the Scandinavian peninsula.

On the Obverse is a crown with a cross, a part of the Coat of Arms of Norway. One of the oldest coat of arms in Europe, a variation of this image has been used by Norwegian rulers since 1280 when King Eirik Magnussen added the crown and silver (argent) axe to the lion. The axe is the martyr axe of St. Olav, the weapon used to kill him in the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. Crossed Hammer to Represent the Kongsburg Mint.

On the Reverse is the denomination 50 ORE, 'Norge' (Norway), the date 2007 and mint marks. To the left is the stylized representation of the Nidhogg, an Old Norse mythilogical creature presented as a dragon who gnaws at the root of the world tree Yggdrasil.