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Old mother Svea


Mother Svea is the so called national personification of Sweden since the 17th century, just like John Bull is for Great Britain and Uncle Sam is for the USA. Mother Svea is portrayed as a powerful woman with a sword and shield, standing beside one or two lions.

Mother Svea adorned Swedish banknotes during the period from 1890 to the 1960’s, with an added cornucopia as an extra attribute. That set of banknotes was legal tender until 1987. The figure also appeared as a note stamp during the 18th century, when it was also stamped on Charles the 12th’s notgeld. Just imagine if “Mother” made a comeback as the central bank is planning new designs for the Swedish banknotes!?

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