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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 05:39:17 PM »
Birth of Princess Amalia - 2004


In 2004, to commemorate the birth of Princess Amalia, the Netherlands issued a silver 10 euro collectors coin. Six designers were invited to submit a design of which five accepted the invitation. The winning design, which can be seen above, was made by Maria Verstappen and Erwin Driessens. The obverse of the coin depicts a portrait of Queen Beatrix as well as her name and the sentences "Queen of the Netherlands" and "Grandmother of Princess Amalia". Depending on the angle at which is being looked at the reverse of the coin, either a portrait of Princess Máxima, Prince Willem-Alexander or Princess Catharina-Amalia is visible. A new technology named 'multiview minting' had to be developed to make this possible. The commission found the concept of the design great as it tells its own story. They also considered the lettering, all of which is in lowercase, to be nice and clear.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 06:12:55 PM »


Hewald Jongenelis and Sylvie Zijlmans made a design with on both sides a crown which refers to the newborn being heir to the throne. The portrait of Queen Beatrix on the obverse of the coin is positioned in a way in which it looks as if she bends over to look at her granddaughter in the crib. The commission did not like the fact that the designers refer so emphatically to the baby being heir to the throne. The commission did like the rays around the crown on the reverse which according to them makes the design vivid. They were not satisfied with the position of the portrait of Queen Beatrix to the side, which is a direct consequence of the designer's concept to let the crown on the reverse 'push through' the coin due to which it is also visible on the obverse.

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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 06:18:19 PM »


Erick de Lyon based his reverse design on the waves that appear when a stone is being thrown in water. The obverse of the coin depicts the portrait of Queen Beatrix in a way that it looks like a stone in the water. The text on the obverse runs from top to bottom to frame the portrait of Queen Beatrix and to make it more majestic. The commission did not like the vertical text on the obverse as they found it destracts from the theme of the coin. The portrait of Queen Beatrix was considered to be nice but it was thought that it may get colder when reduced to coin size. Furthermore they found that the idea was not elaborated well enough.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 06:38:07 PM »


Cor van Dijk submitted designs on which on both sides a square is depicted. He chose for minimalist designs. The dark parts on the designs were going to be coarse while the grey and white areas were going to be polished. The coarse square on the reverse refers to the 'unpolished' (new) life of the Princess. Although the commission found it a simple and clear design, they did feel that it looks a bit like a stamp. Furthermore they did not like it that Mr. Van Dijk was not able to do the 3D design of the bust of Queen Beatrix himself.

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2018, 09:29:53 PM »


Marieke van Loenhout tried to portray Queen Beatrix more as grandmother rather than as head of state. The commission found the design too anecdotal, they thought that the designer had somewhat gotten caught up in the subject and so was less able to make a balanced design.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2018, 09:55:15 PM »
Presidency of the European Union - 2004


To commemorate the temporary Dutch presidency of the European Union and the enlargement of the EU in 2004, a 5 euro commemorative coin was issued. The commission placed an advertisement in several magazines, 88 designers responded to it by sending in documentation (as was asked for), 10 already submitted a design. Of the 10 people who were later allowed to submit a design, 9 submitted one. The Swiss painter and engraver Roger Pfund who was also shortlisted withdrew himself from the competition. The issued coin, which can be seen above, was part of the Europe Star Program. It was designed by Mirjam and Hester Mieras. It depicts connectivity and wealth. On the reverse all countries of the EU are depicted in geographical order. The portrait of Queen Beatrix is made out of lines which represent the borders of the EU. On the proof coins the names of the new EU countries are depicted shiny (festive) and the names of the countries that were already member of the European Union matte.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2018, 09:57:42 PM »


Irene Fortuyn based her design on the fact that a collectors coin is not made for daily use but rather is something special. Her design is sculptural and so, according to her, could also be used as a jewel or amulet. She tried to make a flower motif out of the map of Europe with the Netherlands as centre of the flower. The commission liked the idea but did not think that people would recognize the flower. Although they considered the abbreviations of the country names around the rim to be exciting, they feared that people who do not understand the artist's idea behind them would wonder about the incomprehensible words the abbreviations may form. According to the commission, the obverse and reverse together form nor a contradiction nor a unity due to which the desired tension is missing.

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2018, 10:21:33 PM »


Karla Kaper depicted on her reverse design a mainly historical way of bargaining on certain markets called 'handjeklap' in which parties slap on each other's hands with each bid until an agreement is reached. This to refer to the way trade between farmers and tradespeople takes place in poor countries. By doing so she refers to the poorer countries which will also join the EU. The commission didn't find the designs interesting. They also thought that the hands could be wrongly interpreted as reaching hands between east and west. The abstract lines on the obverse and reverse were added to bring dynamics to the design and represent a large universe.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2018, 10:06:40 AM »


Birte Leemeijer depicted a partly clouded sky in which the clear parts together form the map of Europe. The commission liked the concept behind her designs. They did however not like the fact that she used the same effigy as was used on a 50 Gulden coin that was issued in 1991 which was designed by Willem van Zoetendaal. They were not sure if it would be possible to create a likeness of the clouds on a coin.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2018, 10:27:21 AM »


Joep van Lieshout made a design on which the obverse symbolizes a view to the outer world while the reverse symbolizes a view from outside to the world. On the reverse 2 people can be seen shaking hands to symbolize Eastern and Western Europe meeting each other now also Eastern European countries become part of the EU, of which until then mainly countries in Western Europe were member. He submitted 2 designs for the obverse. The commission considered the design of the roaring Queen to be unsuitable for execution and they did not like the other effigy either. According to the commission the reverse design lacked in character due to its soft and friendly appearance.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2018, 01:03:11 PM »


Peter Matthias Noordzij wanted to make a real Dutch Design with a strong connection between obverse and reverse. He used lines and concentric semi circles to symbolize the changing borders of the EU and the enlargement of the partnership. The partial circles on the reverse also symbolize the seats of the European Parliament. The commission liked that it is a typical Dutch design and considered the lettering to be nice. They did however find the design somewhat boring. They found that the Dutch presidency was depicted too explicitly while the other theme, the enlargement of the EU, was placed to the background. The design was together with 2 other designs shortlisted by the commission but was eventually not chosen.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2018, 01:11:07 PM »


The Portuguese artist Vitor Santos who amongst other things designed the standard circulating Portuguese euro coins, depicted the painting "The Sower" of Vincent van Gogh on the proposed reverse. This symbolizes the unity, dynamics, future and enlargement of the European Union. 15 stars above the horizon symbolize the 15 countries which already were in the EU and the other 10 under the horizon symbolize the countries which entered the EU in 2004. The commission did not find that the effigy was a good likeness. They also found the reverse design too anecdotal and pictorial.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2018, 01:20:27 PM »


The Portuguese artist José Teixeira depicted the Dutch flag on the reverse. The vertical lines represent the red part, the middle the white part and the horizontal lines the blue part of the flag. In the white part of the flag, from bottom to top the growth of the EU is symbolized with stars. The tulip refers to the Dutch presidency. The commission did not think that the effigy would fit right on a coin. Furthermore they found the tulip to symbolize the Netherlands a cliché.

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Re: The Netherlands: Collectors Coins 2004-2017
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2018, 01:29:29 PM »




Hartmut Wilkening placed the effigy of Queen Beatrix on the obverse in a way that she looks to her own name like in a mirror. On the reverse the 25 effigies of the male heads of the European Union can be found. There is a contrast between the reverse with the temporary heads of the European Union and the obverse with Beatrix in her less temporary role as Queen of the Netherlands. Furthermore there is a contrast in gender between the men on the reverse and a woman on the obverse. The commission thought that the portrait of Queen Beatrix would need further elaboration for it to be possible to use it on coin size. The commission considered it to be uncertain if all effigies on the reverse would still be recognizable when the design would be reduced to coin size. The design was together with 2 other designs shortlisted by the commission but was eventually not chosen.