The Royal Dutch Mint’s first official Netherlands commemorative coins of 2019 are the Aviation five and 10-euros in honor of 100 years of Dutch aviation.
KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, or “Royal Airline Company”), NLR (National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands, a major technological institute), and aircraft manufacturer Fokker all celebrate their 100th anniversaries in 2019. In many ways, the three of them tell the history of Dutch aviation. The mint said, in a statement:
In 100 years, aviation has made our world smaller and broadened our perspective. Borders and distances became smaller, which enriched our lives. People have always been obsessed with escaping the Earth and looking at the world from the sky, just like a bird. Flying is something magical and aviation has developed revolutionarily over the past century. What once started with a dream is now a normal reality and accessible to many.
As had been traditional with modern commemorative coins of the Netherlands, three coins are being issued: Gold Proof, silver Proof, and silver-plated. This issue is the first time, however, that there are actually differences in the coins. When you place the three coins next to each other, you can see that the plane and its shadow are moving slightly each time.
The ceremonial first strike will take place on March 14, 2019, and the coins will be available in the weeks after that. The mintage of the coin is strictly limited to silver Proof, gold Proof and in a special prestige set.
In addition, the coin will be available in Brilliant Uncirculated quality in a numbered coin card.
The Proof .900 fine gold €10, weighing 6.72 grams and measuring 22.5
An Uncirculated €5 made of silver-plated copper is $17.95. It measures 29
For more information about the coins or to order visit the website of the Coin & Currency Institute or contact the Coin & Currency Institute, P.O. Box 399, Williston, VT 05495. Call toll-free 1-800-421-1866, fax 802-536-4787, or e-mail: . Add $5.75 per order for shipping and handling. Vermont residents should add 6% sales tax. Major credit cards are accepted.
KLM, the world’s oldest airline, was founded on October 7, 1919, by eight Dutch businessmen. It had been awarded royal (or “Koninklijke”) status by Queen Wilhelmina a month earlier. Its first flight was from London to Amsterdam on May 17, 1920. Its first intercontinental flight was on October 1, 1924, from Amsterdam to Jakarta. Today, the airline is part of the Air France-KLM group. In 2017, its 204 aircraft and 34,872 employees transported 32.7 million passengers.
The NLR was founded on April 5, 1919, to increase safety in military aviation. It expanded with the growth of the civilian sector. Today, it claims its mission is to make “aerospace more sustainable, safer, more efficient, and more effective.”
In 1912, Anthony Fokker founded his namesake company in Germany. He relocated it to the Netherlands in 1919. The company reached its height in the 1920s and 1930s, but during World War II its factories were stripped by the Germans and destroyed by Allied bombs. It was rebuilt after the war, concentrating on aircraft production and aerospace, but competition and high development costs finally forced it into bankruptcy on March 15, 1996. The company’s profitable aerospace unit continues to operate today as Fokker Technologies, concentrating on parts, systems, and aircraft services.
Press release courtesy of the Coin & Currency Institute.