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5 cent Netherlands 2020 without mint and mintmaster marks?
« on: July 09, 2020, 06:56:01 PM »
A Dutch 2020-dated 5 euro cent coin has been found in circulation without mint and mintmaster marks on it. It does not appear that the marks have worn off, or that the die was worn. Rather it appears that the marks were never there. It is the first 2020-dated Dutch 5 euro cent coin that was found in circulation.

Last year there was a discussion whether the changed Coinage Act that came into force earlier this year meant that Royal Dutch Mint was no longer able to include mintmarks and mintmastermarks. The Dutch treasury assured that this was not the case. It commented that although the parts about mintmark and mintmaster mark were indeed omitted from the Coinage Act, the Act stipulated the minimum requirements and that the mint and mintmaster were still allowed to add their marks on the coins.
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Re: 5 cent Netherlands 2020 without mint and mintmaster marks?
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2020, 07:32:18 PM »
I have asked the Royal Dutch Mint about this and expect to receive a reply tomorrow. The coins in the Dutch coin sets of 2020 do depict mint and mintmaster marks. A photo of the piece that was found in circulation:


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Re: 5 cent Netherlands 2020 without mint and mintmaster marks?
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2020, 03:32:25 PM »
Royal Dutch Mint has informed me that as of 2020, the Dutch coins that are being produced for general circulation will no longer depict the mintmark and mintmastermark. Only the coins in collectors editions like coincards and coin sets will depict these marks.

I do not understand this decision. Collectors who collect the Dutch standard coins already had to buy the mint sets anyway as only 1 or 2 denominations are each year being released into general circulation.

These marks have been added on the Dutch coins for hundreds of years. It is bad that this tradition is (mainly) being trashed now that only the coins in collectors editions will still depict them.
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Re: 5 cent Netherlands 2020 without mint and mintmaster marks?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2020, 04:05:50 PM »
Good reporting, Eurocoin!

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.