While QR codes have appeared on advertisements, art, mobile apps and even sides of buildings, they hadn’t appeared on any currency until recently. The Royal Dutch Mint has unveiled the design for a limited-edition set of QR-coded coins to be released on June 22. By honoring the 100th anniversary of the distinctive Mint building in Utrecht and featuring the first QR code on currency, the coins combine both tradition and technological innovation. The face of each silver 5€ and gold 10€ depicts a portrait of the Dutch head of State, Queen Beatrix with elements of the building’s architecture. The reverse side of the coin displays a QR code which scans the URL (http://www.q5g.nl) ‘Nieuwe Nederlandse Herdenkingsmunt 2011‘, a commemorative coin website. Although this is the first instance of QR codes appearing on coins, we’re sure it won’t be the last.
[via 2d Code]