- Unique design by the famous Sand Artist
- Discover the wonders of circus culture
- In collaboration with Circuspunt and the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque
- Part of the series “Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands”
- Part of the Coincard Catalog
Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the circus! The Royal Dutch Mint invites you to discover the wonderful world of circus culture. In the Netherlands, circus culture has been added to the Inventory Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2012. Circus culture is however known all over the world. The Royal Dutch Mint celebrates 250 years of circus culture with three very exclusive, themed issues.
Colourful posters, a large round tent and a village filled with circus artists. Many places in the Netherlands welcome a circus from time to time. The origin of the circus takes us back to England. As of 1770 Phillip Astley gave performances in his New British Riding School in London. After the horsemanship acts, clowns, acrobats and jugglers quickly found a place in the circus too. Circus culture was born! In the ring, often covered with sand, the artists perform. Nowadays, circus takes many forms and there are also theatre circuses and Christmas circuses which take place in (theatre) halls. Dive deeper into the circus culture on our dedicated page.
Unique sand design
Sand Artist Gert van der Vijver, in the Netherlands known from the television show “De Zandtovenaar”, created a unique design for the Royal Dutch Mint. To create his art, Van der Vijver uses sand and a light box. For the circus culture issue, he created a small version of an actual circus ring. The sand design was converted to a 3D design, keeping the original sand structure. The issue pays tribute to the traditional circus ring.
The issue visualises the dynamics and the history of circus culture. The horses where it all started with transition into trapeze artists performing dangerous tricks. Their hands are just out of reach. The suspense is almost visible! The clown in the centre gives nothing away. If you look at the sand issue from close by, the fine grains of sand are visible. On the reverse, the logo of the series Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands is found, also in the sand structure. Take a look at our video to see how this very special design comes to life.