The Royal Dutch Mint have unveiled (16th May) the design for the latest collector coins to be issued for the 2011 numismatic program. The coins combine both tradition and innovation in technology, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the distinctive Mint building in Utrecht and featuring the first QR code in numismatics.
The obverse of the coin depicts the Dutch head of State, Queen Beatrix in a frontal portrait surrounded with elements of the building’s architecture and style. The reverse of the coin carries a QR code capable of being scanned and read with a mobile phone. This element represents the digital and technological advances which the Royal Dutch Mint have often demonstrated in earlier strikings of collector coins with innovative designs and minting techniques.
The sterling silver 5 €URO coin weighs 15.5 grams and has a diameter of 33 mm. The 10 €URO coin is struck in .900 fine gold with a weight of 6.72 grams and a diameter of 22.5 mm. Both are struck to proof quality with a mintage of 12,500 for the 5 €URO coin and a total of 3,500 pieces for the 10 €URO gold coin.
For more information on this new coin, please visit their website at: http://www.knm.nl/
A special website dedicated to this innovative QR application will go online on the 22nd June, the day of the coin’s first strikings. We will include this information and link on the day of release.