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    Norway Bear Island 1; 5; 10; 50 Kroner ND (1923-24) Pick Unlisted Group of Four Examples PMG Choice Uncirculated 63; Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ (2); Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ.
    An interesting grouping of post-WWI notes issued for Bear Island. Imaginatively named Bear Island by Dutch explorers, who saw a polar bear swimming in the sea. The island is part of the Svalbard Archipelago, and is halfway between Spitsbergen and North Cape, Norway. Bear Island was terra nullius until 1920, when it was placed under Norwegian administration. Interestingly, the Island was privately owned by Bjørnøen AS, the issuer seen on the currency, from 1918-1932, until the Norwegian government took control of the company and the Island. It has now been declared a nature reserve, and has only 4 non-permanent inhabitants. Quite rare in pleasing grades, and fascinating historical content. (Total: 4 notes)

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