Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hail Beatrix, Hail Google, and a Dutch Treat

Journal Entry: Body Weight = 177.2; Coinage = $.53, 18 pennies, 2 dimes, 1 quarter, 1 international coin; Glass bottles retrieved =6. Note the use of the word “coinage.” The naming credit goes to “Numi” from her blog http://numismaticallyspeaking.blogspot.com/. Previously I used “found money,” coinage is much more elegant.

Feature Entry: Today the MoneyWalker found an encrusted international coin. After buffing it clean, revealed on one side was a stamped 5¢, and on the other side was a picture of a female monarch-like portrait with the words Beatrix Koningen Der Nederlanden. Suspecting Dutch or Flemish Belgium origin, I Googled “Nederlanden 5” and found a great resource, Jim Lawniczak, a numismatic investment expert. Jim writes for an “allexperts” blog and uses a question/answer format. Two helpful sites follow:



Someone with an identical coin had asked Jim to define the coins origin and worth. Indeed it is a Dutch coin now replaced by Euro coins. However, Dutch banks continue to honor Dutch coins. The portrait was of Beatrix, queen of the Netherlands. Because of the imprinted 5¢, perhaps it is a Dutch nickel, but Jim valued its worth to be 3 U.S. pennies. Still, finding the coin was a unique "Dutch Treat." The MoneyWalker's collection of international coins is "value added" to the intrinsic reward of staying physically fit by the healthy habit of daily walking.

It is amazing how easy it is to find information on Google. Royalty may be alive and well in Holland, but in the USA, the MoneyWalker’s allegiance belongs to Google.


P.S. My camera is broke or I would feature a photo of the Dutch Nickel.

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