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1996 Sweden Sveriges Riksbank 50 Kronor 1700466253

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Jenny Lind the “Swedish Nightingale” appears on this beautiful 1996 currency banknote for 50 Kroner from Sweden.

Depicted also is the Stockholm Opera House along with musical scripts and a harp.

The note itself is still a valid note in Sweden until mid-2016 and could be spent in local shops today.

It is in near perfect condition and makes an excellent addition to any world currency collection.

Please see the pictures to judge the notes grade status.



1996 Sweden Sveriges Riksbank 50 Kronor
Country: Sweden
Year: 1996
Issuer: Sveriges Riksbank
Obverse: Portrait of the singer Jenny Lind plus musical notes from Vincenzo Bellini’s opera Noma. A drawing of Stockholm’s old opera house and a rose.
Reverse: Music from the score of Sven-David Sandström’s “Picture and Orchestra”, a silver harp and its tonal range, background depicts a stylised view of a Swedish landscape

Watermark: Jenny Lind
Dimensions: 120 x 77 mm
Catalogue: Pick: #62a
Banknote number: shows which year the note was printed. The first digit is the last figure of the printing year. The second and third digits show which decade the note was printed, according to a special system.


Johanna Maria Lind (6 October 1820 – 2 November 1887), better known as Jenny Lind, was a Swedish opera singer, often known as the “Swedish Nightingale”. One of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century, she performed in soprano roles in opera in Sweden and across Europe, and undertook an extraordinarily popular concert tour of America beginning in 1850. She was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music from 1840.

Born in Klara, in central Stockholm, Lind was the illegitimate daughter of Niclas Jonas Lind (1798–1858), a bookkeeper, and Anne-Marie Fellborg (1793–1856), a schoolteacher. Lind’s mother had divorced her first husband for adultery but, for religious reasons, refused to remarry until after his death in 1834. Lind’s parents married when she was fourteen.

Lind’s mother ran a day school for girls out of her home. When Lind was about nine years old, her singing was overheard by the maid of Mademoiselle Lundberg, the principal dancer at the Royal Swedish Opera. The maid, astounded by Lind’s extraordinary voice, returned the next day with Lundberg, who arranged an audition and helped her gain admission to the acting school of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, where she studied with Karl Magnus Craelius, the singing master at the theatre.

Lind began to sing onstage when she was ten. She had a vocal crisis at the age of 12 and had to stop singing for a time, but recovered. Her first great role was Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz in 1838 at the Royal Swedish Opera. At age 20 she was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and court singer to the King of Sweden and Norway. Her voice became seriously damaged by overuse and untrained singing technique, but her career was saved by the singing teacher Manuel García, with whom she studied in Paris from 1841 to 1843. So damaged was her voice that he insisted that she should not sing at all for three months, to allow her vocal cords to recover, before he started to teach her a secure vocal technique.

Details of the later concerts under her own management are scarce, but it is known that under Barnum’s management Lind gave 93 concerts in America; for these, she earned about $350,000, and he netted at least $500,000 ($9.96 million and $14.2 million, as of 2015, respectively).She donated her profits to her chosen charities, including some U.S. charities.

She lived her final years at Wynd’s Point, Herefordshire, on the Malvern Hills near the British Camp. Her last public appearance was at a charity concert at Royal Malvern Spa in 1883. She died, aged 67, at Wynd’s Point on 2 November 1887 and was buried in the Great Malvern Cemetery to the music of Chopin’s Funeral March. She bequeathed a considerable part of her wealth to help poor Protestant students in Sweden receive an education.

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

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