Netherlands marks royal birthday with suite of commemorative coins

Three Dutch coins, two Netherlands Antilles coins celebrate 50 years
By , Coin World
Published : 04/17/17
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Willem-Alexander, king of the Netherlands, celebrates his 50th birthday on April 27.

To mark the milestone, the Royal Dutch Mint has issued four commemorative coins for the Netherlands.

In addition, the mint has issued two coins for the Netherlands Antilles.

Willem-Alexander is the first male to wear the Dutch crown since 1890, having acceded to the throne on April 30, 2013, after the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix, who followed her mother and grandmother on the throne. 

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The four for the Netherlands feature the same design, except for the denominations, on the reverse.

The program offers a silver-plated Brilliant Uncirculated €10 coin, a Proof .925 fine silver €10 coin, and Proof .900 fine gold €20 and €50 coins.


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Each obverse shows the king surrounded by a pair of entwined ribbons, with inscriptions noting the nation of issue, the king’s name and the anniversary.

Each reverse features two more entwined ribbons that create a royal symbol. An inscription translates to “Encourage, Represent, Connect,” King Willem-Alexander’s motto.

The design pairs the king’s motto with a focus on water management, which has ancient roots in Dutch culture, according to the Royal Dutch Mint. 

Willem-Alexander was chairman of the United Nations secretary-general’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, from 2006 until his enthronement in 2013, so water management is a longtime interest.

The coins are the largest diameter Dutch gold and silver coins, and under Dutch law, the €50, €20, and €10 denominations may only be used for royal themes.

The silver-plated coin weighs 15.5 grams, measures 33 millimeters in diameter, and has a mintage limit of 15,000 pieces. It retails for $19.50 from distributor Coin & Currency Institute. 

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