The Jan. 28 announcement from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands that
she would abdicate the throne for her son on April 30 stirred
officials of the Royal Dutch Mint to action, making preparations for
coins and medals noting the event.
In short order, the Royal Dutch Mint announced a special medal and
a pair of Brilliant Uncirculated sets. On Feb. 6 the nation’s Ministry
of Finance announced plans to issue a circulating commemorative
€2 coin with a joint portrait of the outgoing ruler and her
successor, the Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander. The queen’s son
will take over on April 30, the 33rd anniversary of the accession of
The new ruler will be the country’s first king in more than 123
years and the fourth king in the kingdom’s history.
The circulating commemorative
€2 coin will be the first
The release date for the copper-nickel coin has not been
announced. Twenty million coins, including collector versions, will be
issued. The Royal Dutch Mint will issue Brilliant Uncirculated and
Proof examples, as well as rolls and bags of circulation-quality
coins, for collector sales.
The BU coin in a coin card is limited to 25,000 pieces, while the
Proof example (in a case with a certificate) is limited to 10,000
coins. A total of 2,500 25-coin rolls will be available, as well as an
undetermined number of 100-coin bags.
In addition, a pair of BU sets of the eight circulating euro
denominations (cent to
€2) will be issued. The first set
will feature 2013 coins of Queen Beatrix, and the second set will
offer the as-yet-to-be-developed 2013 coins with the new ruler.
Complete information about the BU sets has not been announced.
Officials are waiting on the approval of the designs. Within a few
days the Royal Dutch Mint began offering a medal depicting the Prince
of Orange on the obverse and the three earlier kings of the Kingdom of
the Netherlands on the reverse. A BU version mounted on a coin card
with a mintage of 10,000 is available, as is a Proof .925 fine silver
example with a mintage of 2,000 pieces.
Distributor Coin & Currency Institute will offer the BU and
Proof coins but pricing was unavailable at press time. Email the firm
visit at www.coin-currency.com or
telephone the business at 800-421-1866. Medals pricing and
availability details may be obtained from the Royal Dutch Mint
website, www.knm.nl. ■