The Royal Dutch Mint has issued (12th April) two new commemorative coins with the theme "Netherlands and Painting". Museums around the globe feature the works and masterpieces of renowned Dutch painters. From Old Dutch Masters to contemporary art, these works are loved by both connoisseurs and the general public.
The obverse design of the coin depicts Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands viewing a classic cityscape View of Delft by Johannes Vermeer. The reverse of the coin shows fragments of the painting being viewed by the Queen, along with a four pane window at the center. The coin's denomination appears above the primary design and the year of issue below.
Designed by Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács, the coin seeks to elicit the relationship between illusion and reality, one of the most distinctive aspects of Dutch painting. It also makes the connection between the works of the past and the present, with the 17th century painting viewed by the present day Queen.
The silver coin is struck in .925 fineness with a weight of 15.5 grams and a diameter of 33 mm. The total mintage for the silver coin is limited to 12,000 pieces.
The gold coin, featuring the same design, is struck in .900 fineness with a weight of 6.72 grams and a diameter of 22.5 mm. The total mintage for the gold coin is limited to just 3,500 pieces.
Both the gold and silver coins are struck in proof quality.
For more information on this and other coins on offer from the Royal Dutch Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.knm.nl/