Beautiful Euro coin designed by Linux geek

Linux boffin and designer Stani Michiels won a recent competition inthe Netherlands to design a special 5 euro commemorative coin payingtribute to the history of Dutch architecture. Designed entirely withopen source software on Linux, Stani’sdesign is truly beautiful, evocative, and deeply geeky.

The front of the coin shows the Queen, as required, but her image iscomposed of the names of Dutch archictects:

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The back of the coin has a circle of books by Dutch architects:

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The meaning of the back side of the coin won’t be clear to those of usunfamiliar with Dutch geography, but I gather from Stani’ssite that the space in the middle of the coin, between the books,is the shape of the Netherlands, with the birds flying above eachprovincial capital.

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