The appointment of the Royal Dutch Mint’s new mintmaster, Stephan
Satijn, in September marks a significant change in Dutch coinage, as
all coins and medals from the Netherlands will don a new privy mark to
symbolize his tenure.
This tradition dates back hundreds of years but has been
discontinued in most countries. In a tribute to his birth city, Satijn
has chosen the oldest bridge in the Netherlands, the St. Servatius
Bridge in Maastricht, as his emblem. The image also represents both
the role of the mintmaster as a bridge builder and the connection
between public and private now that the mint is privately owned. When
the role of mintmaster is being filled on an interim basis, as seen
over the past two years with interim appointees Kees Bruinsma and Ted
Peters, a star is added to the old privy mark.
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To commemorate Satijn's appointment, a limited amount of “transition
sets” are being offered. These include coins with the new privy mark
and the others that have been used since the departure of the last
mintmaster, Maarten Brouwer, in 2015. Each transition set consists of
five eight-coin sets in Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof quality. Two
of the sets (in bold below) are only available in the transition sets,
as they are not meant for circulation.
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The sets offered were:
2015: Sailing Clipper (Maarten Brouwer).
2015: Sailing Clipper with star (Interim Mint Master Kees Bruinsma).
2016: Sailing Clipper with star (Interim Mintmaster Kees Bruinsma).
2017: Sailing Clipper with star (Interim Mintmaster Ted Peters).
2017: St. Servatius Bridge (Stephan Satijn).
The transition Brilliant Uncirculated set offers 40 coins dated 2015
to 2017, and was limited to a mintage of 5,000 sets. It was sold at an
issue price of $235.
The transition Proof set also offers 40 coins dated 2015 to 2017,
and was limited to a 1,000-set mintage. It was sold at an issue price
price of $475.
The regular ringed-bimetallic €2 coin with the St. Servatius Bridge
privy mark was offered in a BU version in a coin card with a limited
edition of 20,000 coins at an issue price of $17.50. A Proof issue was
limited to 2,000 coins.
The Royal Dutch Mint ceased taking orders for the coins Oct. 30.
Collectors seeking the coins will have to acquire them on the
secondary market. For more information, visit their website.