New Coins Celebrate Netherlands’ New King|
June 18, 2013
Gold and silver coins depicting the new king of The Netherlands, Willem Alexander, have been issued by that country as well as by Aruba and Curacao and St. Maarten.
His investiture occurred April 30 upon the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix.
The Dutch Ministry of Finance authorized four coins with the same basic design: a silver-plated copper 10-euro coin, another 10 euro in .925 fine silver, and 50 euro and 20 euro in .900 fine gold.
Obverse shows the king as though observing an audience, which appears on the reverse. A banner with the royal motto “Je Maintiendrai” (“I will maintain”) is split between the two sides as a unifying device. The design is said to symbolize the three elements the new king considers the focus of his reign: unity, representation and encouragement.
The gold 20 and 50 euro and the 10 euro silver coins are issued only on royal occasions. The 50 euro is 27 millimeters, 13.44 grams and is available only as part of one of just 1,000 issued Royal Prestige Sets, which also includes the three other coins, for $1,775. They are housed in a wooden box.
The proof .900 fine gold 20-euro coin weighs 8.5 grams and is 25mm in diameter with a mintage limit of 2,500 pieces. It costs $695 in a wooden box.
The proof .925 silver 10-euro coin is in a color jacket and is $77.50. It weighs 25 grams, is 38mm and has a mintage limit of 12,500 coins.
The silver-plated copper coin is a circulating commemorative in The Netherlands. It is 33mm in diameter and weighs 15.5 grams. Order price is $29.50.
The Dutch Caribbean states chose traditional designs showing the new king’s head on the obverse with values, crowns and coats of arms on the reverse. Aruba is issuing two proof coins, a 10- florin gold and a 5-florin silver. The former is .999 fine gold and is 1.932mm and 1.244 grams format. It has a maximum mintage of 750 and costs $125. The 5 florin is 38mm and with 25 grams of .925 fine silver. It is $79.50 and has a mintage of 2,000.
The coins from Curaçao and St. Maarten, parts of the former Netherlands Antilles, are 10 and 5 gulden. The former sells for $274.50 and contains 3.364 grams of .900 fine gold with a size of 18.5mm. Maximum mintage is 750 coins in proof quality. The 5 gulden is .925 silver, 11.9 grams and 25mm. 2,000 proof coins are being minted at an issue price of $76.50.
Orders are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To order visit www.coin-currency.com or telephone toll-free (800) 421-1866.
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