Willem-Alexander with beard on commemorative coin

The beard of Willem-Alexander has been immortalized on a five-euro coin. The image of the king with beard is on a commemorative coin for the first time: the Woudage pumping station Vijfje.

There will be 60,000 regular coins in circulation, but the question is whether you will also come across the king with beard in the supermarket. “It really is a collector’s item. It’s not often that people pay in the supermarket with these coins, but it is possible,” says Sabine Huisman of Royal Dutch Mint.

Run on coin with beard

“It’s very unique, this first coin with the image of the king with beard. It’s a change in his portrait,” says Huisman. It is difficult to predict whether there will be a real run on the bearded coin. “The coin will never be made, so there is a limited edition. So we do expect enthusiasm.”

The commemorative coin is being issued for the centenary of the largest, still functioning steam pumping station in the world. Queen Wilhelmina opened the Woudage pumping station in Lemmer in 1920. This year a commemorative coin was also issued to commemorate 75 years of freedom. That coin is sold out.

The image of Willem-Alexander was designed by visual artist Berend Strik. He also designed the Rembrandt Vijfje in 2006. Behind the king, the flag of Friesland flies, with the canals surrounding the Woudage pumping station underneath. On the other side of the coin, the pumping station is depicted abstractly from a bird’s eye view.