Details relating to the Netherlands Commemorative of 2011.
Issue Date: 25.11.2013
Number Minted: 3,500,000
Mint: Kononklijke Nederlandse Munt N.V., Utrecht
Mint Mark : Mercury’s Wand.
This coin commemorates the 500th anniversary of the publication of the book “The praise of Folly” by the famous Dutch philosopher and theologian Desiderus Erasmus.
In praise which was written in Latin, satirized many of the then prevailing beliefs of European society, many of which were based on superstition. The church was also taken to task and the work is considered to have played a part in the beginnings of the reformation.
A competition was held to select a design for the coin, the winner being a British art student.
In the inner circle we see Erasmus writing his book – this is taken from a painting of Erasmus by the painter Holbein. There is also the image of Queen Beatrix. Dutch law requires that the image of the reigning sovereign appear on all coins. The Dutch made an exception in the case of the joint EU issues of commemorative coins. They were here more accommodating than the Luxembourgers who insisted on the effigy of their grand duke appearing even on the joint issues.
Next to the image of the queen is the inscription (running vertically) “Beatrix Koningin der Nederlanden”.
The year of issue, the mintmark and the mark of the mint master all appear close to the centre of the coin.