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Netherlands Issues 200th Anniversary of Waterloo and Dutch Kingdom Coins

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The fall of Napoleon’s Grand Army commemorated…

The Netherlands has commemorated the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo with the issue of two collector coins: a silver five-euro coin and a gold 10-euro coin. The coins are legal tender in the Netherlands.

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on June 18, 1815, near the town of Waterloo – now part of Belgium, but then territory of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Battle marked a staggering defeat for Napoleon and his Grand Army. Leading the opposing forces was the Duke of Wellington and his army of soldiers from the UK, the Netherlands, and the German and Prussian states.

The coins feature a bicorn hat on the reverse and present-day monarch, King Willem-Alexander, on the obverse. Marjolein Rothman is the designer.

The gold 10-euro coin weighs 6.72 grams and is struck on .900 fine planchets. It has a maximum mintage of 1,500 pieces. The silver coin weighs 15.5 grams and is struck on .925 fine planchets. 12,500 proofs of this issue will be struck. In addition, 250,000 silver-plated copper five-euro coins will be minted.

 

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