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The Royal Dutch Mint is leaving Utrecht. After having been established in the Dom city for several centuries, the company will soon be moving to Houten and along with moving will take all its history.

The new building will be decorated in a golden colour to reflect the coinage produced.

Last year, the Dutch government sold the company. State Secretary Wiebes said that the minting of coins was no longer seen as a government task.

The Royal Dutch Mint also had to deal with money problems.

The Belgian Group Heylen became the new owners and immediately stated that it would look for cheaper accommodation.

Director Didier Clerx called the current building in Utrecht

“obviously not efficient for the production of coins”.

A suitable location was found in Houten and a new building is being built on the Werklandschap Meerpaal Business Park.

With the departure comes the end of the centuries-long bond between the mint house and the city of Utrecht. The company had been established in Utrecht since 1567. In 1902 it came under the supervision of the Minister of Finance, ten years later it became a state-owned company. In 1999 the company received the predicate ‘Royal’.

The Royal Dutch Mint nowadays annually produces more than 254 million euro coins. Not only for the Netherlands, but also for Belgium and Luxembourg. In addition, the company supplies coins for Aruba and Malta. Every year, all sorts of commemorative coins are also issued.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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