Cool Coin

March 3, 2009

The Dutch Ministry of Finance recently held a design competition for the new 5 Euro commemorative coin with the theme “Netherlands and Architecture.” The winner was 36 year old Dutch designer, Stani Michiels. His amazing design was created using 100% free software and traditionally depicts The Queen on the front of the coin and the value of the coin on the back. Upon close examination, it becomes clear that the Queens portrait is made up entirely of names of important Dutch architects. Each name in the ever tightening spiral is completely readable.

The design for the back of the coin features columns or buildings of books about and by Dutch architects. The columns rise from the edge of the coin to create the outline of the Netherlands in the center. Silhouettes of birds are carefully placed to suggest capitals of all the provinces. Sweet!


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