The Royal Dutch Mint have launched (23rd August) two new coins highlighting the art of sculpture. This is the second coin which has featured sculpture and is also part of the EUROPA silver star programme highlighting European art and artists.
Both the gold and silver coins share the same obverse design while the reverse of the coins see the denominations of ten and five Euros spelled out and featured as part of the actual design. A stylized front-facing portrait of Queen Beatrix appears in low relief. Above the portrait is the text “BEATRIX KONINGIN DER NEDERLAND” which appears in segments and incused. The reverse includes the coin’s denomination in bold overlapping letters (TIEN – VIJF) centered with the text “EURO 2012” above and the EUROPA silver star and mintmarks between the two lines of text.
The gold version with the face value of 10 EURO is struck in proof quality and in .900 fineness. The weight is 6.72 grams with a diameter of 22.5 mm. A mintage of 2,000 pieces has been authorized.
The silver version which is struck in .925 fineness has a face value of 5 EURO and is struck in proof quality. The weight is 15.5 grams and the diameter is 33 mm. A total mintage of 12,500 pieces has been authorized. There is also an UNC version which is a silver plated strike with a diameter of 29 mm and a weight of 10.5 grams.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Dutch Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.knm.nl/Het-Beeldhouwkunst-Vijfje-2012-Zilver-Proof/nl/product/2702/