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1991 Sweden Sveriges Riksbank 20 Kronor 8811526958

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The famous people that appear on world currency banknotes is one of the main reasons people collect them.

This fabulous 20 Kroner banknote features Selma Lagerlöf the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The reverse of the note is an artists interpretation of a passage taken from her award-winning book.

Truly a beautiful piece of Swedish cultural history awaits you here in this great banknote with only minor crinkling and small dog ears.

Add a Nobel Prize winner to your collection of notes today at a price that is hard to beat.



1991 Sweden Sveriges Riksbank 20 Kronor
Obverse: Portrait of the writer Selma Lagerlöf – She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Reverse: An engraved interpretation of a passage from the book Nils Holgersson’s Wonderful Journey Through Sweden.
Size: 130 mm x 72 mm
Watermark: The watermark on the banknote repeats the portrait of Selma Lagerlöf on the front of the note
Catalogue: Krause 61a


Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (20 November 1858 – 16 March 1940) was a Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and most widely known for her children’s book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils).

In 1909 Selma Lagerlöf won the Nobel Prize “in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings”. But the decision was preceded by harsh internal power struggle within the Swedish Academy, the body that awards the Nobel Prize in literature. In 1904, the Academy had awarded her its great gold medal, and in 1914 she also became a member of the Academy. For both the Academy membership and her Nobel literature prize, she was the first woman to be so honored. She was the first woman to be depicted on a Swedish banknote of 20 Kronor.

In 1907 she received the degree of doctor of letters from Uppsala University. In 1928, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Greifswald’s Faculty of Arts. At the start of World War II, she sent her Nobel Prize medal and gold medal from the Swedish Academy to the government of Finland to help raise money to fight the Soviet Union. The Finnish government was so touched that it raised the necessary money by other means and returned her medal to her.

Two hotels are named after her in Östra Ämtervik in Sunne, and her home, Mårbacka, is preserved as a museum. Since 1992, her portrait has been featured on the Swedish 20 kronor-bill.

*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.

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