It is now almost 60 years – I was 11 years old at the time – since my father, an unsurpassable man, gave me a first edition of his guide to Dutch coins (Handboek der Nederlandse munten) as a present to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day, along with the rhyme shown here. The first edition of the book was published in 1946.
After modest beginnings, with just 2,500 copies printed, the book rapidly gained in popularity, and by the time the fifth edition appeared in 1975 it was used worldwide as the standard reference work for Dutch coins from 1795 onwards. The numbers listed in the book are used internationally for identification purposes.
Over the years, I have seen many new coins and coin variants. I have catalogued the new knowledge I have gained in a very contemporary way, including an appropriate numbering system. This database of Dutch coins from 1795-2001 is unique, revolutionary and freely accessible to anyone – unimaginable in 1946, but entirely apt in 2018.