Dutch Euro 5 designed using Open Source tools – wins prizes!

The first official Python coin has just been released in the Netherlands

Dutch EURO 5 coin has been designed using python and many other Open source software tools. The winner of a design competition ,Stani, used Python to create an image of the Queen’s portrait using names of famous architects, along with an image of the Netherland made of books of the architects. Yahoo was used to determine what order to put the architects’ names.

The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition for which a selected group of architectural offices  and artists were invited, including myself. The goal of the competition was not to design a building, but the new 5 euro commemorative coin with the theme ‘Netherlands and Architecture’. The winner will be rewarded with a nice price, but most of all with the honor: his design will be realized and will be a legal coin within the Netherlands.” :-Stani

The coin is released in all Dutch post offices to the public the same day as the Intrepid Ibex: 30th October 2008.

rear side

front side

front side

Stani has used the following technologies :

Stani has his word : <go here>

Read Stani’s  blog on HOW HE DID IT .


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