The Royal Dutch Mint have unveiled (27th August) the latest design for their ongoing series which highlights various landmarks on UNESCO’s world heritage sites. The series was launched in 2012 and featured a design which focused attention of the Amsterdam canal district. This year’s coin and theme features the mills of Kinderdijk-Elshout and is the third commemorative coin in the ‘Dutch World Heritage’ series. The mills of Kinderdijk-Elshout were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The area’s unique landscape, with its 19 mills (although there used to be 20) is famous worldwide and these “Windmill” euro coins are a tribute to this world monument.
The Kinderdijk-Elshout mill network is an outstanding man-made landscape that bears powerful testimony to human ingenuity and fortitude over a millennium in draining and protecting an area by the development and application of hydraulic technology. It is located in the north-western corner of the Alblasserwaard. It drained the internal drainage districts of De Overwaard and De Nederwaard until 1950, when the mills were closed. The 19 remaining mills that form this group of monuments are still in working condition.
Both the Ten & Five Euro coins share the same motif and were designed by Tine Melzer. The reverse design includes a map which includes elements of fingerprints creating the impression of a globe. Also featured are 3D models of all 19 different mills of Kinderdijk, as well as the UNESCO logo. The obverse shows a stylized portrait of King Willem-Alexander, against a world map also including the map made of fingerprints.
For more information on these and other coins offered by the Royal Dutch Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.knm.nl/ Information offered in Dutch, European-destination orders dispatched.