Works of Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch star on new coins from Netherlands

Second issue of 2016 includes limited edition colorized set
By , Coin World
Published : 09/28/16
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To make new coins, the Royal Dutch Mint went back in time.

The Netherland’s second commemorative coin program of 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of painter Jheronimus (Hieronymus) Bosch.

The coins are part of a larger program of festivities marking 2016 as the Year of Jheronimus Bosch.

Activities organized throughout the country honor the Dutch medieval painter who died in Den Bosch 500 years ago.

The painter, also known posthumously as Jeroen or Hieronymus Bosch, went down in history as “den duvelmakere” (the devil maker) and is particularly significant as an innovator of the existing visual tradition.

Characterized by a wealth of symbolism, imagination and riddles, his works are “full of illusions and hallucinations, bizarre monsters and devilish nightmares [that] depict the major themes of his time: seduction, sin and judgment,” according to the Jheronimus Bosch 500 Foundation. The foundation is responsible for developing and realizing the multiyear celebration of the anniversary.

The coins were revealed (and sales began) Aug. 23, with a ceremonial first striking event scheduled for Sept. 16. 

Designed by Danielle van Vree, the shared reverse incorporate details from several of Bosch’s paintings. The design of each reverse is identical, but on the four versions with color, differing elements of the design are emphasized with color.

The portrait of King Willem-Alexander appears in outline on the obverse, with a squared-off central portion in mirror finish. 

In addition, the coins feature the acting mint master’s star privy mark.

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