Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Manhattan Euro

This morning I highlighted the fictitious Amero coin with a map on it. Then this evening, on the Cartografie Twitter feed I saw a link to a real coin, the Dutch Euro, featuring the island of Manhattan:

According the to the Dutch map blog, Studiekring Historische Cartografie, The Netherlands has issued a 5 Euro coin commemorating the 400th anniversary Henry Hudson's discovery of the island of Manhattan, soon to be the city of New Amsterdam, later New York. (Why'd they change it? I can't say. Maybe they like it better that way.)

My best understanding of the Dutch text, using an online translator: The front shows, along with an inset of Queen Beatrix, the exact structures of Manhattan anno 2009. The artist has given the coin a 3D impression of of Southern Manhattan. The back of the coin has the landscape of Manhattan anno 1609, accurately reflected thanks to scientific research of the Wildlife Conservation society in New York.

To my Dutch readers, please feel free to tell me more!

Studiekring Historische Cartografie is another great map blog. The love of maps is universal!

UPDATE 4/8: I knew I could count on the friendly Dutch people to help me out. Here is a link to the English translation

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At Wednesday, April 08, 2009 , Blogger Yvette Hoitink said...

Hi, I'm the webmaster of the Historische Cartografie site. How nice that you picked up our article about the 5 euro coin.

For the benefit of your readers, I've provided an English translation of the Manhattan Fiver article.

At Saturday, April 11, 2009 , Blogger Ari Herzog said...

Neat find! Thanks for sharing.

At Tuesday, April 14, 2009 , Blogger paintandink said...

"Why'd they change it? I can't say. Maybe they like it better that way."

Love that song! I had to turn it on now, just to listen.

As for the coin, I would love to take a look at it with a magnifying glass. I have a feeling I could spend a long time looking at that coin, as a matter of fact :)

At Thursday, April 30, 2009 , Anonymous Albert said...

10 Euro "400 Jaar Nederland-Manhattan" 2009 Goud Gouden herdenkingsmunt in het teken van de bijzondere band die er is tussen ons land en Amerika.
De relatie Nederland-Manhattan startte in 1609, toen Henry Hudson in dienst van de VOC landde op het huidige Manhattan.
De Nederlandse handelspost die daar ontstond groeide uit tot het huidige New York.
De munt toont de contouren van het huidige en het toenmalige Manhattan.

De munt wordt geleverd in een luxe cassette met Certificaat van Echtheid.
Metaal: goud 900/1000
Gewicht: 6,72 g
Diameter: 22,5 mm
Kwaliteit: Proof
Nominale waarde: 10 euro
Oplage: max. 6.000




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