The regular bimetal €2 coin is also being struck as a special issue with the St. Servatius Bridge privy mark. A proof issue, limited to 2,000 coins is already sold out at the mint. A few remain available on a first-come first served basis.
On September 17, the Royal Dutch Mint announced the appointment of its new Mint Master, Stephan Satijn. This will mark a change in Dutch coinage. From now on, all Netherlands coins and medals will will have a new Mint Master´s privy mark.
This tradition dates back hundreds of years but has been discontinued in all but a few countries. In the Netherlands, this “personal signature” is used as a symbol of his tenure. When the role of Mint Master is being filled on an interim basis, such as during the search for a new one, the old privy mark is used with a star added. Satijn has chosen the oldest bridge in the Netherlands, the St. Servatius Bridge in Maastricht as his symbol, because it is the city of his birth, and because it represents both the role of the Mint Master as a bridge builder, and now that the mint is privately-owned, the connection between public and private.