The Royal Dutch Mint have announced (29th February) their first commemorative coins for 2012, and the theme for the new 5 and 10 Euro coins is friendship between nations. Commissioned by the Ministry of Finance, the Royal Dutch Mint will strike the new commemorative gold and silver coins with the theme “400 years of diplomatic trade relations between the Netherlands and Turkey.” The First Strike of the coin will take place on the 26th of March.
The first trading links between the Netherlands and Turkey stem from the Middle Ages, when the Dutch were journeying to the Holy Land and visited Turkey as religious pilgrims. The first Dutch ambassador, Cornelius Haga, arrived in Istanbul in 1612 and diplomatic relations were firmly established. Consequently, in the sixteenth century, the Tulip which was to become synonymous with Dutch identity was exported from Turkey to Europe. This import lead to the Tulip-mania in the Netherlands and eventually the tulip became a national symbol.
As part of this history between the two nations, the obverse design of both coins includes a portrait of Queen Beatrix along with a luxuriant flowering tulip, again serving as the national symbol. On the reverse, a closed tulip can be seen in combination with the national emblem on the Turkish flag, as a metaphorical image of the tulip’s native origins. The denomination of five (or ten) Euro appears just under the stem.
The silver coin is struck in sterling silver with a weight of 15.5 grams and a diameter of 33 mm. A mintage of 12,500 pieces is authorized. The gold coin is struck in .900 fineness with a weight of 6.72 grams and a diameter of 22.5 mm. A mintage of 2,000 examples has been authorized. Both coins are minted to proof quality and are available to order now with dispatch commencing from the 26th March. Uncirculated and circulation quality examples produced in silver-plated copper are also offered by the Royal Dutch Mint.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Dutch Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.knm.nl/