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Monday, 21 May 2018

725) Fanny Blankers-Koen - "The Flying Housewife" who won four Gold medals at the 1948 Londin Olympics: 100th Birth Anniversary commemorated with the issue of 10 Euro Gold , 5 Euro Sterling Silver and 5 Euro Silver plated Copper coins by the Royal Dutch Mint, Netherlands in 2018:

725) Fanny Blankers-Koen - "The Flying Housewife" who won four Gold medals at the 1948 Londin Olympics: 100th Birth Anniversary commemorated with the issue of 10 Euro Gold , 5 Euro Sterling Silver and 5 Euro Silver plated Copper coins by the Royal Dutch Mint, Netherlands in 2018:

For posts on Netherlands, please visit the following links:

1) The Stelling Van Amsterdam (Defense Line of Amsterdam), Netherlands: Royal Dutch Mint: Latest "Dutch UNESCO Sites Series" coins in the denominations of 5 Euro (Plated Copper), 5 Euro (Silver) and 10 Euro (Gold) issued on 21.11.2017

2) Fanny Blankers-Koen - "The Flying Housewife" who won four Gold Medals at the 1948 London Olympics: 100th Birth Anniversary commemorated with the issue of Gold, Sterling Silver and Silver plated Copper Coins in 2018


Fanny Blankers-Koen who participated in the 1948 London Olympics as a mother of two from Utrecht, was described by the International Olympic Committee as "unlike anyone the Olympics had seen before or since". Some critics thought that she was too old to compete in the Olympics. Others thought she should be home with her children.

Instead, with a performance that "shattered stereotypes about age and gender for elite athletes in sports, she proceeded to win gold medals in the 100-metre dash, the 80-metre hurdles, the 200-metre dash and the 4 x 100 metre relay.

Her 0.7 second round victory margin in the 200 metres dash is a record that still stands.

Olympic rules at that time prohibited her from entering more events, otherwise, with the long jump and high jump, her medal count could have been higher. She was three months pregnant wither third child at the time.

Fanny Blankers-Koen passed away in 2004 as an iconic figure in the Netherlands. She was the owner of 50 national titles and 21 world records.

In 1999, the International Association of Athletics Federations named her Best Female Athlete of the 20th Century.

The Commemorative Coins:

The Royal Dutch Mint has commemorated the centennial of her birth on 26.04.1918 with the issue of three commemorative coins:

The  10 Euro Gold Coin is a coin with speed in mind, designed in a dynamic style reflecting the athlete's speed and strength. The border is composed of the gradations of a stop-watch, within which Blankers-Koen is seen running a lap around the coin.

The peripheral inscriptions on the Obverse are - "WILLEM ALEXANDER. KONING DER NEDERLANDEN" (meaning "Willem Alexander, King of Netherlands").

The theme is carried on the Reverse of the 10 Euro Gold Coin with its rotating line silhouette of King Willhem Alexander forming a dynamic circle. The kaleidoscopic effect is of one side showing itself to the other as if the King is pushing the athlete and vice versa.

The peripheral inscriptions on the Reverse are - "FANNY BLANKERS-KOEN. 2018".

The specifications of this coin are:

Denomination: 10 Euros; Coin Quality: Proof;  Metal Composition: .900 Fine Gold (Ag); Diameter/Size: 22.5 mm; Weight: 6.72 grams; Mintage: 1,000 pieces; Mint: Royal Dutch Mint, Netherlands; Year: 2018.

The Design of the 5 Euro Sterling Silver Coin is identical to the Gold Coin described above.



The specifications of this coin are:



Denomination: 5 Euros; Coin Quality: Proof;  Metal Composition: .925 Fine Sterling Silver (Ag); Diameter/Size: 33.0 mm; Weight: 15.5 grams; Mintage: 5,500 pieces; Mint: Royal Dutch Mint, Netherlands; Year: 2018.



The third Coin is an Uncirculated 5 Euro Silver-Plated Copper Coin, placed in a coin card which identical design as the Gold & Sterling Silver variants.

The specifications of this coin are:

 Denomination: 5 Euros; Coin Quality: Uncirculated; Metal Composition: Silver-plated Copper; Diameter/Size: 29.0 mm; Weight: 10.5 grams; Mintage: 10,000 pieces; Mint: Royal Dutch Mint, Netherlands; Year: 2018








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