Kjeld Nuis, world skating champion, has just performed the ceremonial First Strike of the Jaap Eden Five Euro Coin on the center terrain of the Dutch Thialf ice stadium with a historic press.Kjeld Nuis, world skating champion, has just performed the ceremonial First Strike of the Jaap Eden Five Euro Coin on the center terrain of the Dutch Thialf ice stadium with a historic press. Jaap Eden, born on October 19 1873, grew into one of the Netherlands' largest sports legends at the end of the 19th century. Although that is more than 100 years ago, his exceptional performance is still widely recognized. He was namely world champion skating and cycling! The Royal Dutch Mint is therefore issuing an official commemorative coin on behalf of the Ministry of Finance: the Jaap Eden Five Euro Coin.
Left: Jaap Eden Jr., Right: Kjeld Nuis
First Strike by world champion skating Kjeld Nuis
Today on December 29, Kjeld Nuis ceremonially struck the first Jaap Eden Five Euro Coin in Thialf, during the KPN National Skating Championship Distances. Nuis carried out the first strike with a historical press, a coin press of more than 2,500 kilograms, which was placed in the center of the ice stadium.
More than a hundred years after his victories, Jaap Eden is still honored for his great achievements as a skater and cyclist. To visualize this unique sporting performance, we collaborated with the KNSB and KNWU. Watch the video below with world champion ice skating Kjeld Nuis and world champion cycling Jeffrey Hoogland.
First Day Issue
Order your First Day Issue today! This issue is only available for one day; until December 29, 2019 11:59 PM (CET). We will announce the mintage on January 2, 2020. You can order the First Day Issue Jaap Eden Five Euro Coin here.