Every year, since 2012, special commemorative coins have been issued celebrating Dutch World Heritage. The Kingdom of the Netherlands currently has ten UNESCO world heritage listings, of which the Royal Dutch Mint has immortalized eight of them on a commemorative coin, so far.
Of every commemorative coin, there are several collectible qualities of each coin, like Silver Proof and Gold Proof. The Dutch commemorative coin is legal tender with a nominal value of 5 euro’s. The gold commemorative coin even has a value of 10 euro’s and is often called the ‘Golden Tenner’.
The first three years, Tine Melzer designed the obverse and reverse of these coins. In 2012, it was the Grachtengordel 5 euro coin. In 2013, the coin was based on the Rietveld Schröderhuis: this issue was extra special, because it was King Willem-Alexander’s first official 5 euro commemorative coin. In September of 2014 the third coin was issued in the Dutch World Heritage series: the Molen 5 euro coin. The Van Nelle 5 euro coin was the fourth coin and was issued in 2015. This coin was designed by Kianoosh Motallebi, who also designed the following fifth and sixth coin. On May 17, 2016, the Wadden 5 euro coin was revealed and in November of 2017 it was time for the Stelling van Amsterdam 5 euro coin.
The most recent two commemorative coins in the Dutch World Heritage series are designed by Katrin Korfmann. In 2018 she signed off on the Schokland 5 euro coin and in 2019 it was the Beemster 5 euro coin.
In the designs of both coins, she emphasizes the contrast between the free, organic form of the natural landscape and the sleek, constructed grid of the polder landscape. Portrait, landscape, icons and letters are deeper in relation to the landscape, just like the former Beemstermeer was in relation to the surrounding old country. At the Schokland Vijfje, this was exactly the other way around as a reference to the former island, which stood out above the Zuiderzee.
Source/Picture: the Royal Dutch Mint