- In collaboration with the ALS Foundation Netherlands
- Innovative clockwork issue with special effect
- Limited mintage of 5,000 issues
- Following the issues in honour of Stichting Opkikker, the Princess Máxima Centre, Make-A-Wish Nederland and the Dutch Cancer Society
- Part of the Dutch Coincard Catalog
The Royal Dutch Mint launches a special issue in collaboration with the ALS Foundation Netherlands. The ALS Foundation Netherlands raises funds for medical research of the cause and treatment of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and the related diseases PMA and PLS. ALS is a neuromuscular condition that leads to muscle malfunction or failure. They also aim to raise awareness for the condition and wish to realise better care and a higher quality of life for patients and their loved ones.
No time to waste
Who is diagnosed with ALS, loses all their time. The clock keeps ticking and cannot be stopped. Although research is conducted all over the world, the cause for ALS remains unknown. Hope for a future – given the average life expectancy of 3 to 5 years after the diagnosis – remains futile for the 1,500 current patients in the Netherlands. There is no time to waste.
Issue with special effect
To give extra power to the new “No time to waste” campaign by the ALS Foundation Netherlands, the issue depicts a clock. You will be surprised to notice that the clock actually seems to work: the clock hands move as you move the issue. This special effect creates a different issue every time you look at it, depending on the angle and the light. The clock symbolises how time is taken from patients and their loved ones. Don’t forget to admire the reverse of this clockwork issue as well. It shows a detailed reproduction of the inside of a clock. The issues are struck in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) quality. This means brand new stamps are used, which makes them extra shiny.