On May 16th 2017 The Royal Dutch Mint have launched commemorative coins to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Dutch Red Cross. Netherlands Red Cross Society (NLRC) celebrated its 150th anniversary on Monday – World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, marked every year on 8 May – with a royal ceremony in the Ridderzaal in The Hague. The Netherlands was one of the 13 states or monarchies whose conference in 1863 gave birth to the International Red Cross.
The coins are as below;
- Silver 5 euro coin in quality Proof
- Gold 10 euro coin in quality Proof
- Silver plated five euro coin in circulation and BU-quality
The coins are designed by Rogier Arents and it is the first-ever coin to share one design equally on both the obverse and reverse from the Royal Dutch Mint. The design features a tilted globe, with a balanced pattern of crosses to represent 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 colour cross.