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The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« on: March 06, 2017, 12:34:32 PM »
In June the Netherlands is going to issue a 5 euro collectors coin to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross.

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Re: The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 08:21:33 PM »
Pre-sale will start on May 16. First strike ceremony will be held on the Day of the Mint, the open day of the Royal Dutch Mint on June 10.

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Re: The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2017, 12:26:16 PM »
The coin was designed by Rogier Arents.

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Re: The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017, 09:17:02 AM »
And the design.. obverse and reverse are the same. On the proof edition one of the crosses is coloured red.

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The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2017, 09:37:00 AM »
Are you kidding me?!? ???

This has to be the first coin with exactly the same obverse and reverse?

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Re: The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2017, 12:15:29 PM »
Looks odd to me too. I got used to the fact that, for example, Swiss collector coins always have the very same obverse. But this is even lazier ... Maybe that is why the king does not smile here. ;)

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Re: The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2017, 06:59:51 PM »
On the proof edition one of the crosses is coloured red.

Note that the color is not "government official" but something that the mint added. Much like what they did with the Oranje Geluksdubbeltje ... "Deze uitgifte maakt onderdeel uit van het onder verantwoordelijkheid van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt samengestelde assortiment; kleuraccenten zijn niet in opdracht van de Staat aangebracht."

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Re: The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2017, 09:59:43 AM »
Some further information about the concept behind the design:

The fact that both sides of the coin are identical is part of the concept. It reflects the fact that the Red Cross doesn't choose sides. The crosses on the globe together form a closed pattern of crosses, this symbolises the unity of the Red Cross. Furthermore the font of the lettering on the coin is of Swiss origin which refers to the link between the Red Cross and Switzerland (but I am sure everyone had already noticed that). 

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Re: The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2017, 11:05:20 AM »
The way the crosses are "spread" and still form a network I actually like. Also, somewhere I read that the position of the one white (or red) cross somehow reflects the position of the Netherlands on the globe ... not sure but made some sense to me. But the fact that a designer can explain to me why both sides are identical does not really change my opinion about the two identical sides. ;)

Yes, I saw the note about the font here. Again, the artist may have picked that very typeface with a good reason. But at least for me the characters do not, hmm, stand out. That is, I would not look at the piece and ask myself, hey, what font is that - and why was it chosen here? Just my two cents ... or 5, hehe.

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Re: The Netherlands 2017: 150th Anniversary of the Red Cross
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2017, 11:14:21 AM »
I am thinking in the same direction. I appreciate symbolism on the restricted place of a coin, but symbols that have to be explained at length before they can be understood fail to communicate, so they fall flat. Nevertheless, the design is more acceptable to me now that it has been explained.

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