The Royal Dutch Mint have unveiled a new commemorative coin which pays tribute to the country’s former Queen Beatrix who after a reign of exactly 33 years – formally abdicated as head of State in favor of her eldest son, the Prince of Orange who succeeded his mother as King Willem-Alexander.
Princess Beatrix herself acceded to the Dutch throne on the 30th April 1980 upon the abdication of her mother Queen Juliana (1909 – 2004) who in a tearful ceremony congratulated her daughter as the country’s new Queen. In a televised announcement on the Queen’s birthday in January 2013, Beatrix confirmed her intention to abdicate on the day she herself was invested as the Dutch Head of State and that she would assume the title of Princess of the Netherlands, as she and her Grandmother Queen Wilhelmina had done as tradition after abdicating. Willem-Alexander was invested as King hours after his mother’s stepping down – with members of the Staats General in attendance and took the oath of allegiance, he was the country’s first king in 123 years since his Great – great Grandfather Willem III left the throne to his 10 year old daughter, princess Wilhelmina in 1890. Princess Beatrix continues to take part in public engagements and is present during state occasions.
The coin was designed by artist Pannos Goutzemisis, who also created of the 2013 €2 double portraited change-over coin which featured the Queen and Prince of Orange facing to the left as Queen Beatrix had done for her coinage. In this version, the King’s portrait takes precedence in order and both the King & Princess Beatrix now face to the right as successive Dutch Monarchs are traditionally portrayed facing in alternating direction for coinage.
The Royal Dutch Mint plans to offer the coin from the 29th April in various options of packaging. This coin will however feature in the Dutch Proof set for 2014. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Dutch Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.knm.nl/Troonswisseling/nl/page/579/ Information offered in Dutch – orders dispatched to European destinations.