The former Van Nelle Factory on the Delfhavense Schie in Rotterdam is
the Netherlands’ most important industrial national heritage site. Up
until 1995, coffee, tea and tobacco were processed here, but today the
building is home to a number of different companies.
The iconic building was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in
2014. Now, the former coffee, tea and tobacco company is the subject
of the last official commemorative coin of 2015. This is the fourth
issue in the UNESCO World Heritage series, following coins for the
Canals of Amsterdam (2012), the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht
(2013), and the Windmills of Kinderdijk (2014).
The Van Nelle factory is one of the pinnacles of Dutch industrial
architecture. Indeed, during the opening in 1930, it was referred to
as a "poem in steel and glass."
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According to UNESCO, "the site is one of the icons of
20th-century industrial architecture, comprising a complex of
factories, with façades consisting essentially of steel and glass,
making large-scale use of the curtain wall principle. It was conceived
as an 'ideal factory,' open to the outside world, whose interior
working spaces evolved according to need, and in which daylight was
used to provide pleasant working conditions. It embodies the new kind
of factory that became a symbol of the modernist and functionalist
culture of the inter-war period and bears witness to the long
commercial and industrial history of the Netherlands in the field of
importation and processing of food products from tropical countries,
and their industrial processing for marketing in Europe."
The Van Nelle coin was designed by Kianoosh Motallebi, who will also
design the next two coins in the UNESCO series.
The obverse features King Willem-Alexander and the reverse shows the
factory building itself.
Three different versions are available, a Proof .900 fine gold €10
coin, a Proof .925 fine [sterling] silver €5 coin and a Brilliant
Uncirculated silver-plated copper €5 coin.
The gold €10 coin weighs 6.72 grams, measures 22.5 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage limit of 1,500 pieces.
The silver €5 coin weighs 15.5 grams, measures 33 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage limit of 12,500 pieces.
The silver-plated copper €5 coins weigh 10.5 grams and measure 29
millimeters in diameter. The mintage limit is 250,000 pieces, with
15,000 available mounted in a colorful descriptive card (the remaining
are available in circulation or rolls).
The distributor Coin & Currency Institute offers the coins to
collectors in the United States.
The gold coin retails for $497 and the silver coin costs $52.75. The
silver-plated copper coin is priced at $19.50.
Shipping and handling are $5.75 per order, and Vermont residents
must add a six percent tax.
For more information on the coins or to order, visit the