Windmills are characteristic of the Dutch landscape and a symbol of the Dutch people’s struggle to contain water.
The Royal Dutch Mint on Sept. 25 will hold a ceremonial coin launch for 2014 coins honoring the windmills of Kinderdijk.
The 2014 program includes a silver-plated copper €5 coin, Proof .925 fine silver €5 coin and a Proof .900 fine gold €10 coin.
These coins represent the third commemorative design in the “Dutch World Heritage” series, which honors sites that have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The mills of Kinderdijk were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The area’s unique landscape, with 19 mills, is famous worldwide, with perhaps the most iconic views of Dutch windmills.
Earlier issues in this series were the Amsterdam Canal District coins (in 2012) and the Rietveld coins (2013). All three coin designs released in this series so far have been designed by Tina Melzer.
The obverse of the 2014 coins shows a stylized portrait of King Willem-Alexander on a world map composed from fingerprints. “This symbolizes how Dutch World Heritage is communal property and is a global symbol for Dutch culture,” according to the Royal Dutch Mint.
The map is continued on the reverse, which gives the coins the semblance of a globe. A total of 19 different mills of Kinderdijk and the UNESCO logo complete the scene on the 2014 coins.
According to Sander Knol, product manager at the Royal Dutch Mint, the new coin also marks the development of new engraving technology.
Knol said that many of the letters in the legends and inscriptions on these coins are positioned into the outer rim.
“You can see the letters are positioned descending and are underneath the [character]. The letters are attached to the edge,” he wrote, in an email.