• 2 Euro 2014, Schön# 230, Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, Accession of King Willem-Alexander to the Throne
  • 2 Euro 2014, Schön# 230, Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, Accession of King Willem-Alexander to the Throne
Description

In 2014 the Royal Dutch Mint issued a new commemorative coin which pays tribute to the country’s former Queen Beatrix who after a reign of exactly 33 years – formally abdicated as head of State in favor of her eldest son, the Prince of Orange who succeeded his mother as King Willem-Alexander.

Willem-Alexander (born 27 April 1967) is the King of the Netherlands. Willem-Alexander was born in Utrecht and is the oldest child of Beatrix of the Netherlands and German diplomat Claus van Amsberg. He became Prince of Orange as heir apparent upon his mother's accession on 30 April 1980, and succeeded her following her abdication on 30 April 2013.

Beatrix (born 31 January 1938) reigned as Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 until her abdication in 2013, after a reign of exactly 33 years.

Obverse

The inner part of the coin depicts the effigies of both the King Willem-Alexander and the former Queen Beatrix. The King’s portrait takes precedence in order and both the King & Princess Beatrix now face to the right as successive Dutch Monarchs are traditionally portrayed facing in alternating direction for coinage.

At the left, in a semi-circle, the inscription 'Willem-Alexander King of Netherlands' and at the right, in a semi-circle, the inscription ‘Betrix Princess of Netherlands’. Between the two inscriptions, at the top, the crown symbol and at the bottom the mint master mark (sailboat, Maarten Brouwer), the Royal Dutch mintmark (Mercury's wand) with the engraver's initial (P) and in between the year of issuance ‘2014’.

The coin's outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

Engraver: Pannos Goutzemisis

WILLEM-ALEXANDER KONING DER NEDERLANDEN BEATRIX PRINSES DER NEDERLANDEN
2014 P

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

GOD BE WITH US. The same lettering had been applied to the larger denomination guilder coins.

GOD ★ ZIJ ★ MET ★ONS ★

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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Dutch Mint (KNM)

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