As the second in an unprecedented worldwide series, PAMP and the Royal Dutch Mint are pleased to announce the issuing of the Rietveld Schröder House euro. Scheduled for a June 26th release, the five and ten euro coins are the first commemorative legal tender coins to bear the portrait of the new King of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander. The new series continues PAMP's cooperative international coin and medal program with UNESCO to promote its World Heritage sites and global missions.

    Designed by Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) on behalf of Truus Schröder-Schräder, the Rietveld Schröder House was constructed in 1924 in the city and province of Utrecht. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, the unique home is considered an icon of the Modern Movement in architecture.

    For the euro's design, the obverse was crafted with a clear halftone portrait of King Willem-Alexander and a matte world map, formed by fingerprints of the designer's family members. The reverse of the coin bears a hand-drawn iconic image of the Rietveld Schröder House encircled by the world map. The coin bears both the UNESCO logo and the European star, indicating its inclusion in the Europa Coin Programme.

    The Rietveld Schröder House euro is a legal tender commemorative coin and the second in a nine-year series of annual releases from the Royal Dutch Mint. The series follows last year's release of the Amsterdam Canal Ring Area coin series and will be followed by the release of the Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout coin series in 2014. Those first three coins in the series are designed by Tine Melzer.


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    As part of an official UNESCO program, PAMP and Monnaie de Paris are pleased to present the “850th Anniversary of Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral” commemorative coin series. Scheduled for a March 11th 2013 release, this brilliant tribute from Monnaie de Paris is the latest release in PAMP's cooperative international coin and medal program with UNESCO, which seeks to promote the organization's World Heritage sites and global missions.

    With 850 years having passed since its construction, the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral remains one of the world's defining masterpieces of Gothic architecture. The cathedral, which attracts over 13 million visitors per year, was inscribed by UNESCO as a protected World Heritage site in 1991.

    The legal tender coin series features an exceptional design. The obverse pays tribute to the architecture of this remarkable cathedral by depicting its most distinguishable features, such as the gargoyles, the towers and the center of the rose window. The 850th Anniversary of the start of the cathedral's construction also appears on the obverse, along with the name, "Notre-Dame de Paris.” The coin's reverse features its face value and the UNESCO logo.

    Within the series, the €10 silver coin has been enhanced with a cold translucent enamel, which creates a “stained glass window” effect that is reminiscent of the cathedral’s great rose window. Monnaie de Paris is also issuing a one kilogram gold coin, which will be packaged in a luxurious black box featuring a reproduction of an original stained glass window.

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