- Legal tender in the Netherlands
- There are only 15,000 available worldwide
- Issued in numbered coincard packaging, part of the official Coincard Catalogue
- Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coins are the first coins to be minted with a new coin stamp
It has been 75 years since Operation Market Garden took place, the largest airborne operation in history. The Royal Dutch Mint honours this anniversary with an official commemorative coin: The Market Garden 5 Euro Coin.
Operation Market Garden
Operation Market Garden took place in September 1944 and consisted of two parts: the airborne operation (Market) and the ground offensive from Belgium (Garden). It was a bold plan by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, which was executed by 41,628 people from the English, American and Polish airborne troops and three divisions of ground troops. Read more about Operation Market Garden here.
Inspiration of the designer
Tim Breukers is the designer of the Market Garden 5 Euro Coin. He was inspired by the Airborne Museum Hartenstein in Oosterbeek, where embroidered badges and emblems caught his attention. He applied the various stitches to the design of the commemorative coin.
The parachute on the coin depicts the largest airborne operation ever on Dutch territory. Also featured, is the bridge over the Rhine near Arnhem, to give the partial failure of the operation its place on the coin. The Allies failed to capture the bridge over the Rhine near Arnhem.
Read more about the design from the designer himself on this page: “From the designer”.
Watch our documentary
Les Fuller was with the British 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment and was one of the parachutists who jumped during Operation Market Garden. After a good landing, he faced many obstacles, which ultimately resulted in him losing his right arm and being held captive in a prison camp. The Royal Dutch Mint has produced a short documentary in which 98 year old Fuller tells his impressive story.
|Metal||Silver plated copper|
|Nominal value||5 euros|