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1911 - 79 Local Currency Issues

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SVALBARD LOCAL CURRENCY, 1911 - 1979 Issues

KONGERIKET NORGE
Kingdom of Norway

872 NOR; 977 DEN; 1319 SWE; 1380 DEN; 1396 NOR-DEN-SWE; 1536 DEN; 1814 SWE; 1940-45 DEU; 9.5.1945 Kingdom of Norway; 14.8.1925 SVA part of NOR
DEN currency <1814; SWE 1814-1905; NOR 1695 >
The first local currency banknotes attritutable to Svalbard were issued in 1911
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Denominations Dates

Issuing Authority

Ownership

SVALBARD INTRODUCTION

Svalbard Introduction & Bibliography SV A historical introduction to the Svalbard Coal Mining industry by the late Walter A. Jellum
BL

         Svalbard Bibliography

ARCTIC COAL COMPANY

Svalbard, Arctic Coal Co.,  Island Coal Company Stores, 1911 Issues IC1 IC1-IC22 1  - 50 Cents 1911 Arctic Coal Company -
Island Creek Store Company
USA
Svalbard, Arctic Coal Co.,  Island Coal Company Stores, 1915 Issues IC7 IC7-IC25 1 Cent -
1 Dollar
1915 Arctic Coal Company -
Island Creek Store Company
USA

SNSK INTRODUCTION

SNSK Intro SNX A historical introduction to Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani by Walter A. Jellum

STORE NORSKE SPITSBERGEN KULKOMPANI

Svalbard Paper Money, Det norske Spitsbergensyndikat Issues 1916/17A SN1 SN1-SN36 10-50 Øre
1-10 Kr.
Type I
1916/17A
Det norske Spitsbergensyndikat Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1917/18B Issues SN2 SN2-SN37 10-50 Øre
1-10 Kr.
Type II
1917/18B
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1918/19C Issues SN3 SN3-SN38 10-50 Øre
1-10 Kr.
Type III
1918/19C
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1919/20D Issues SN4 SN4-SN39 10-50 Øre
1-10 Kr.
Type IV
1919/20D
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1920/21E Issues SN5 SN4-SN39 10-50 Øre
1-10 Kr.
Type IV
1920-26
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1926-35 Issues SN6 SN5-SN52 10-50 Øre
1-100 Kroner
Type V
1926-38
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1938-40 Issues SN7 SN6-SN41 10-50 Øre
1-10 Kr.
Type VI
1938-42
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1946-56 Issues SN8 SN7-SN63 10-50 Øre
1-1,000 Kr.
Type VII
1946-56
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1957-70 Issues SN9 SN8-SN64 10-50 Øre
1-1,000 Kr.
Type VIII
1957-70
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1973 Issues SN10 SN34-SN65 1-1,000 Kr. Type IX
1973
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1976 Issues SN11 SN45-SN66 10-1,000 Kr. Type X
1976
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway
Svalbard Paper Money, SNSK 1976 Issues SN12 SN35-SN66 5-1,000 Kr. Type XI
1978
Store Norske
Spitsbergen Kulkompani
Norway

GRUMANT COMPANY COAL BAY

Svalbard Paper Money, Grumant Company Coal Bay 1920-21 Issue GC GC1 5 Kroner 1920-1921 Grumant Company Coal Bay
 Russia

UK

GREEN-HARBOUR KULGRUBEKOMPANI A.S. (Lewin & Co.)

Svalbard Green-Harbour Kulgrubekompani A.S. Lewin & Co. GH GH1-GH3 5-10 Kroner 1919-1920 Green-Harbour Kulgrubekompani
A.S. (Lewin & Company)
Norway

 TPCET "APΚTИКУГОЛЬ" ШЛИЦБEPГEHE
TRUST ARCTIC COAL (ARKTIKUGOL) SPITSBERGEN

TRUST ARCTIC COAL Intro- APΚTИКУГОЛЬ ШЛИЦБEPГEHE ARX A historical introduction to Trust Arctic Coal by Walter A. Jellum
Svalbard Paper Money, Artikugol 1931 Issues AR1 AR1-AR12 1 Kopek -
100 Rubles
1931

Trust Arctic Coal (Arktikugol) Spitsbergen

TPCET "APΚTИКУГОЛЬ" ШЛИЦБEPГEHE

Russia
Svalbard Paper Money, Artikugol 1935 Issues AR13 AR13-AR17 10 Kopeks -
1 Ruble
1935

Trust Arctic Coal (Arktikugol) Spitsbergen

TPCET "APΚTИКУГОЛЬ" ШЛИЦБEPГEHE

Russia
Svalbard Paper Money, Artikugol 1940 Issues AR22 AR22-AR28 1 Ruble -
100 Rubles
1940

Trust Arctic Coal (Arktikugol) Spitsbergen

TPCET "APΚTИКУГОЛЬ" ШЛИЦБEPГEHE

Russia
Svalbard Paper Money, Artikugol 1946 Issues AR29 AR29-AR35 1 Ruble -
100 Rubles
1946

Trust Arctic Coal (Arktikugol) Spitsbergen

TPCET "APΚTИКУГОЛЬ" ШЛИЦБEPГEHE

Russia
Svalbard Paper Money, Artikugol 1951 Issues AR36 AR36-AR47 1 Kopek -
100 Rubles
1951

Trust Arctic Coal (Arktikugol) Spitsbergen

TPCET "APΚTИКУГОЛЬ" ШЛИЦБEPГEHE

Russia
Svalbard Paper Money, Artikugol 1957 Issues AR48 AR48-AR59 1 Kopek -
100 Rubles
1957

Trust Arctic Coal (Arktikugol) Spitsbergen

TPCET "APΚTИКУГОЛЬ" ШЛИЦБEPГEHE

Russia
Svalbard Paper Money, Artikugol 1961 Issues AR60 AR60-AR72 1 Kopek -
100 Rubles
1961

Trust Arctic Coal (Arktikugol) Spitsbergen

TPCET "APΚTИКУГОЛЬ" ШЛИЦБEPГEHE

Russia
Svalbard Paper Money, Artikugol 1979 Issues AR73 AR73-AR85 1 Kopek -
100 Rubles
1979

Trust Arctic Coal (Arktikugol) Spitsbergen

TPCET "APΚTИКУГОЛЬ" ШЛИЦБEPГEHE

Russia

KINGS BAY KULL COMPANY

An Intro to Kings Bay Kull Co. KBX A historical introduction to the Kings Bay Kull Company A.S. by Walter A. Jellum Norway
Svalbard - Kings Kull Paper Money Issues KB1 KB1-KB3 10- 50 Øre 1917-1929,
1941-1963
Kings Bay Kull Company A.S. Norway
Svalbard, Kings Kull Comp. A.S. 1 - 1000 Kr Issued Notes KB2 KB4-KB10 1-1,000 Kroner 1917-1929,
 1941-1963
Kings Bay Kull Company A.S. Norway
Svalbard Paper Money - Kings Bay Kull Company Blanketts KBB KB1r-KB10r  Blanketts/
Remainders
Kings Bay Kull Company A.S. Norway

AKTIBOLAGET SPETSBERGENS SVENSKA KOLFALT

Svalbard Paper Money, Aktibolaget Spetsbergens Svenska Kolfalt  1916-21 Issues SS1 SS1-SS2 10-50 Kroner Unknown Aktibolaget Spetsbergens Svenska
Kolfalt, Series I
Sweden
ASSK Series II Issues SS2 SS5-SS10 10 Øre -
100 Kroner
1921-1924 Aktibolaget Spetsbergens Svenska
Kolfalt
, Series II
Sweden
SSS Series III Issues SS3 SS13-SS20 10 Øre -
100 Kroner
1921-1924 Svenska Stenkolsaktiebolaget
Spetsergen,
Series III
Sweden

BEAR ISLAND

 
Svalbard Bjørnøen A.S 1919-25 Issues BJ BJ1-BJ.10 10 Øre -
 10 Kroner
1915-1925 Bjørnøen A.S

Norway


BACKGROUNDER & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We gratefully acknowledge the late Walt Jellum for banknote images, photos and background information for all of the Svalbard sections.



S
valbardCLICK TO ENLARGE Norway, Svalbard - Longyearbyen was first mentioned by the Vikings in 1194 and referred to as Svalbardi fundinn - Cold Coast.  A Russian family named Starostin is reported to have hunted in Pomory (Svalbard) as early as 1425. Dutch discoverers William Barents and Jacob van Heemskerck landed on 17.6.1596 and named it Spitzbergen.
 
The first coal mines were begun on Svalbard by Norwegians around 1900. The World Court awarded sovereignty to Norway 9.2.1920 and it formall
CLICK TO ENLARGEy named it the Svalbard Territory 14.8.1925. The Soviet Union requested the joint administration of Bjørnøen (Bear Island) in 1944, 1946 and 1947 but Norway refused. In 1953 Svalbard began being administrated by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice. Longyearbyen is the largest community in Svalbard with a current population of about 1100 people. 

There are a variety of issues for Svalbard as indicated by the table above. There were also some additional companies for which no notes have been recorded but it is possible that new notes may be discovered from these companies. Below is an outline of the coal companies known to have operated in Svalbard.
 

Spitsbergen
    Longyearbyen, Advent Bay
        Trondhjem-Spitsbergen Kulkompagni (Norwegian) 1899-05
        Arctic Coal Co. (American) 1905 - 1915
        Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani (Norwegian) 1916 -
    Grumant, Rusanovodden
        Trondhjem-Spitsbergen Kulkompagni (Norwegian) 1899-05
        Arctic Coal Co. (American) 1905 - 1915
        Grumant A.G. Agafeloff & Co. (Anglo-Russian) 1913 - 1920
        The Anglo-Russian Grumant Co.,Ltd. 1920 - 1923
        Russki Grumant Ltd. (Anglo-Russian) 1923 - 1931
        Sojusljesprom (Russian) 1931 - 1932
        Arktikugol - Arctic Coal Trust (Russian) 1931 - 1963
    Barentsburg, Green-Harbour (Grønfjord)
        Arctic Coal Co. (American) 1905 - 1915
        A/S De Russiske Kulfelter (Anglo-Russian) 1909 - 1921
        A. S. Lewin & Co. (rented from above) 1914 - 1920
        N.V. Nederlandsche - Nespco (Dutch) 1921 - 1932
        Arktikugol - Arctic Coal Trust (Russian) 1932 -
    Ny-Ålesund, Kings Bay (Kongsfjord)
        Kings Bay Kull Comp. (Norwegian) 1916 - 1933
        Norwegian government purchased above in 1933
        production from 1947/48 - 1963/64
    Svea, Braganzavågen
        Aktiebolaget Isfjorden-Bellsund (Swedish) 1911 - 1916
        Aktiebolaget Spetsbergens Svenska Kulfalt (Swedish) 1916 - 1921
        Svenska Stenkolsaktiebolaget Spetsbergen (Swedish) 1921 - 1928
        Nya Svenska Stenkolsaktiebolaget Spetsbergen (Swedish) 1929 - 1934
        Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani (Norwegian)
            Purchased in 1934 - production 1947 - 1949, 1970's -
    Pyramiden, Billefjord
        Nya Svenska Stenkolsaktiebolaget Spetsbergen (Swedish) 1929 - 1931 (see Svea above)
        Arktikugol - Arctic Coal Trust (Russian) 1931 -Bear Island
 
Bear Island
    Tunheim
        I/S Bjørnøens Kulkompani (Norwegian) 1915 - 1918
        Bjørnøens A. S. (Norwegian) 1918 - 1925


For a historical introduction to the Svalbard Coal Mining industry  click here.


Visitors to this site are requested to write us if they have new information or examples of Svalbard notes not identified here.


SPECIALIZED CATALOG

*NP catalog numbers are from an excellent catalog Norseke Pengesedler whichNorske Pengesedler Catalog 2006 covers these issues along with all Norway banknotes from 1695-2005 and Bjørnøya (Bear Island) notes: Norwegian Banknotes with Svalbard [Spitsbergen] and Bear Island by Sæthre & Eldorsen 2005.

The latest edition, 19th ed., has more than 300 pages, 400 notes described and more than 225 pictures. This catalog covers all Norwegian issues from the first Thor Møhlen issues in 1695 to the latest notes issued thru August 2005.

All issues from Svalbard (Spitsbergen) and Bjørnøya (Bear Island) are included with Norwegian, Russian and American issues.

The latest edition also includes "The Secret Notes" which are previously unknown Norwegian banknotes that were prepared for a possible emergency. They are extremely rare with only two pieces know to have survived destruction. Additionally, information on mis-print errors, testprints, miscoloured notes and a other useful information is included. The catalog is primarily in Norwegian but English is used in key places, just enough for English speakers to get a good idea of the issues.


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