Last Saturday 8 February 2020 Raymond van Barneveld said farewell to professional darts in AFAS Live (Amsterdam). Bert van Ravenswaaij from the Royal Dutch Mint was there to present “Barney” the number 1 of the exclusively numbered gold plated Raymond van Barneveld Medal.
At “Barney Dome”, Saturday the 8th of February, Raymond van Barneveld received the first issue of the exclusively numbered gold plated Raymond van Barneveld Medal. For over two decades Van Barneveld has been among the best darts players in the world. Raymond van Barneveld earned his first victory in 1998 when the postman became the first world champion in darts from the Netherlands. He ended up winning the world championship five times. Van Barneveld was knighted in 1999 in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Princess Beatrix. In AFAS Live he said farewell to his career as a professional darts player.
Exclusive darts issue
To celebrate the farewell and the glorious career of Raymond van Barneveld, the Royal Dutch Mint issued three strictly limited and numbered medals. Not only the Raymond van Barneveld Medal in blister packaging but also the Silver and gold plated issues were almost immediately sold out. All issues show a detailed 3D portrait of the darts player and have a unique dartboard design on the reverse. The dartboard on the Silver issue is hand coloured with Colorit by the Royal Dutch Mint silversmiths.