Coin Collecting at the Safir House
Dutch Architecture Coin

Thu Apr 18 07:23:04 2024
Last year the Netherlands Mint announced that it was going to produce a Commerative Coin honoring Dutch Architecture. What excited me about the coin was that it was entirely produced with Free Software.


I was attracted to this coin because I believed that the design might be truly a breakthrough in the use of digital technology and minting processes to put forth an outstanding design. However, now that I have the coin in hand, its a bit of a disappointment.

The coin is too small for the ambitions of this design. Smaller than a nornmal sized silver dollar of the Morgan or Peace size, it rolls in at a 33 millimeter diameter and at a weight of only 15.5g, a bit more than half an ounce, substantially less than an ASE. It has a very detailed design but the design is flat, even looking etched instead of minted.

Lets look at some photos of the coin itself:

Above is a set of 4 images, 2 of the reverse and the obverse.

The reverse is an image of books written by Dutch Architects arraigned in such a way as to form a map of Netherlands in the center and the birds representing regional capitals.

The Obverse is a picture of the Monarch, Queen Beatrix, created with lines and shadow from the names of maybe a hundred or more important Dutch Architects.

Obverse Details

Looking at the Obverse image of the Queen Beatrix several good pictures are needed to appreciate the details of this design and how the aesthetics of the coin functions.

Here is a 5.2 megabyte image of the obverse which is absolutely worth taking the time to download and view.

Here is a detail of the center of the coin and one can see the names clearer than perhaps with your naked eye.

Here is a view of the top:

some of the bottom

and a complete view:

The use of the text inside of the imagery was all accomplished with Free Software and how the light hits the coin changes dramatically how the coin looks to the eye. In this regard, this coin is a unique work.

Some differences in angles and photographic qualities can help on understand the delicacy of this coin and its play with light and environment.

Here is a very sharp JPEG of the coin head on, with great detail of the names.

Generally I try not to use JPEG graphics because they remove visual information from the picture and ech time you manipulate it and resave it, you lose more detail. So generally I save files as PNGs which are larger, but still very compressed.

Here is a look under the glass:

This is a must look of the coin on a different light and angle

This is one of the sharpest images of the coin that I took, very crisp and detailed. A great archival recording of the work of art.

This visual gives a more composite look and shows how the image pulls together as a single whole.

A look into the magnifying glass

A more silvery look at the obverse with great detail

In these last two you can compare JPEGS and PNGs back to back.

Reverse Face

The Reverse is also complex, but not on the scale of the obverse. Reading the titles of the books that rise up from the view is a challenge and worth looking over

This look at the coin shows as clear of a surface as in coins

Below is a 5.1 archival quality image:

here is a scaled down version showing the very crisp line of the coins design.

The forth, fifth, and sixthed books from the lower center to the left are very key spots on the coin to judge strike and wear

Here is a view through a loup:

Upside Down - different light and details shown

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The Safir Family Internet Coin Library: Foriegn Coins.

Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins.
Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.

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