Our 2023 January NYINC auction is shaping up to be an exciting sale. We are pleased to offer the entire set of 1942 Norway Specimens, all of which, except the 2 Kroner, are the only examples graded by PMG.
The 1942 series of Norwegian currency was requested by that nation’s government in exile, which was in London from 1940 to 1945. Nazi Germany invaded Norway on April 9, 1940 and met stiff resistance from Norwegian troops; King Haakan VII and his government did not capitulate. The allies landed in northern Norway to assist in fighting off the German invaders, but as the situation in France deteriorated, the British decided to evacuate all troops from Norway in late May 1940. King Haakan and the government did not leave until June 7. The evacuation of the King was costly for the British, as the German pocket battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau attacked and sunk the carrier HMS Glorious along with her destroyer escorts HMS Acasta and HMS Ardent. 1,519 British officers and men were lost when the three British ships sank.
The government in exile was expecting the allies to land in Norway in 1942, so it contracted Waterlow & Sons to print the 1942 series of currency. The liberation of Norway would not come until 1945, however, as the Allies landed in North Africa, and made their way up through Italy before landing in France. Norway would be liberated by the Soviet Union and exiled Norwegian troops.
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