1940 Provisional Issues



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Pro.l Head of State:
King George VI
11.12.1936 - 6.2.1952

Wm R.D. Crowther
16.4.1940 -  1.4.1941

Head of State:
King Christian X
14.5.1912 - 20.4.1947

Carl Aage Hilbert
1936 - 1945 

British Protectorate,
Faerø Amt - Faroe Islands Banknotes, 6.1940 Provisional Issues


GBR occupation 12.4.1940-16.9.1945
Printer: Danmarks Nationalbank's Bankote Printing Works (No Imprint),Local Printer for Overprint

Faerøerne-Denmark National Bank

P.1, SB.801  5 Kroner 6.1940
P.2, SB.802a  10 Kroner 6.1940

Hand Signed *  CL1

P.3, SB.802b  10 Kroner 6.1940 Printed Signature
P.4, SB.803  50 Kroner 6.1940
P.5, SB.804  100 Kroner 6.1940
P.6, SB.805  500 Kroner 6.1940

Denmark fell to the Germans in May 1940 and the Faeroes immediately began countermeasures to protect themselves from rampant inflation since they used Danish currency. By authority of the Faero Amt (local administration) all of the currency on the islands was stamped "Kun gyldig paa Færøerne Færo Amt, Juni 1940"  (Only valid on the Faroes/Faroe County, June 1940).

This overstamp is believed to have been used on all currency in the country at the time including both new and used banknotes. The 10 Kroner P.2, SB.802a dated 6.1940 is the banknote most often found today and is usually seen in a high state of preservation. The overprinted notes were intended to be an interim measure until the production of new local note designs could begin. With the exception of the 10 Kroner, all of these overprinted issues are rarely seen on the market and command prices in the thousands of dollars.

On April 4, 1941 Great Britain established a protectorate over the Faroes just in time as the German fleet was spotted nearby. A battle between the German battleship Bismarck and British cruisers took place near the Faroes a few weeks later. A formal protest by the Danish governor was lodged with the British consul over the establishment of the protectorate. The British occupation was generally welcomed with a number of Faroese women marrying British soldiers who then immigrated to England at the end of the war. Some British soldiers also remained in the islands at wars end.

The first series of local emergency issues were simple in design, dated October 1, 1940 and comprised 10 and 100 Kroner. They were inscribed FAEROERNE (Local Administration) vertically at the sides. The text signifies that, under emergency decree 32 of October 14, 1940, the Amtsmann (governor) had authorized the notes in place of the currency of the Danish National Bank. Serial numbers flanked the signature of the official of the Faero Amt. The 100 kroner was somewhat more elaborate including a sailing ship and a ram's head upper right. These notes were printed locally in Tórshavn on unwatermarked paper.

The second series of emergency local issues were dated November 1940  with an inscription in the center signified that the notes were issued in place of the National Bank series and were restricted in validity to the islands. This series was printed in England by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. They remained in use throughout the British occupation and circulated until new Danish banknotes arrived November 1948.

A series of local emergency issues have also been reported. They were identified as having been issued in 1941 by Zacharias Heinesen in Tórshavn with values of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 25 Øre. In an attempt to determine more information about them I have written to Zacharias Heinesen, the renowned artist living in Tórshavn. Since he was born in 1936 if they do exist, they were probably issued by a relative. Heinesen has been honored recently by having a number of his paintings displayed on Faroes Islands postage stamps. More recently, the backs of the latest series of Faroes banknotes also depict his landscape paintings. 


CL1  We gratefully acknowledge collector CL1 for these images.

*  These banknotes may be for sale by collector CL1.      Info current as of  28.8.2009