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2017 Netherlands €5 Coin Issue "Dutch Red Cross 150 Years"

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RSM Price: From $12.50 to $57.50
  • Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
  • Denomination: €5
  • Quality: Proof/BU/UNC
  • Issue limit: 6,500/12,500/124,000
  • Alloy: 92.5% Sterling Silver/Silver-plated base metal
  • Diameter: 33/29/29 mm
  • Weight: 15.5/10.5/10.5 grams
  • Design: Rogier Arents
  • Proof version in blister folder
  • BU version in numbered card
  • UNC version in printed card
 

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PLEASE NOTE: Only the silver proof version comes with a colored red cross on both sides of the coin. The BU and UNC versions also have the same design on both sides, but without the colored red cross.

This issue celebrates the 150th anniversary since the founding of the Dutch Red Cross in 1867.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded in 1863 by Swiss humanitarian Henri Dunant (1828–1910), who saw the need to organise the improvement of care for wounded soldiers after personally witnessing the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in modern-day Italy in 1859. For his efforts—which became a worldwide movement—Dunant became the first-ever recipient of the Noble Peace Prize in 1901. Since then, the Red Cross has expanded to have representation in 190 countries and has for many years been the first point of call during weather-related disasters and earthquakes. The International Red Cross has been present in the middle of battlefields during both World Wars, offering crucial medical attention impartially to wounded soldiers. They have been instrumental in keeping family members notified of the status of their loved ones in the most dangerous conditions during civil and international conflicts.

This is the first Dutch coin to share one design on both the obverse and reverse. This feature is deliberate, to symbolize the impartiality of the Red Cross globally. The design shows a tilted globe, with a balanced pattern of crosses to symbolise the unity of the Red Cross and associations worldwide. Beneath the tilted globe is a profile of HM King Willem Alexander, who faces to the right in similar fashion to the earlier coin portrait of King Willem III, who was king of the Netherlands at the time of the founding of the Dutch Red Cross. The style of the text on the coin is that used by the ICRC. The silver Proof version includes a red color cross.

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