THE ARCHITECTURE FIVER AKA DUTCH 5 EURO COIN

I was sent this by my good friend out in Argentina, and couldnt figure out if it was real but this is really crazy..

A new 5 euro commemorative coin pays tribute to the history of Dutch architecture. Both our historical architecture as well as our innovative conceptual architecture and modern design are popular across the globe.

A contest was held to determine the design of the coin.

The Architecture five-euro coin was designed by artist Stani Michiels (b. 1973). The design on the obverse of the coin pays tribute to the history of Dutch architecture, with the portrait of Queen Beatrix being distinctively constructed using the names of important architects from Dutch history. The artist used the internet as a popularity-meter to determine the names’ order of appearance.

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The reverse of the Architecture five-euro coin draws attention to the striking fact that many Dutch architects have also included publishing books on architecture in their professional activities. To illustrate this phenomenon, recent books on architecture rise up from the sides of the coin like buildings. Through their careful placement they combine to outline the Netherlands, while birds’ silhouettes suggest the capitals of all the provinces.

The designer interestingly enough, designed this coin using nothing but free software on his computer.

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The ‘gold’ edition of this coin sells for

€ 194,95 , I have not seen a price for the silver as of yet.

THANKS JULI!