KB23.104   Title: COC Commemorative Coin (2023). Commissioner: De Nederlandsche Bank.

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the ‘royal approval’ of the COC, the world’s oldest LGBTQIA+ rights organisation still in existence. Although the COC was founded in 1946, it was only recognised as a legal entity by the Dutch state in 1973. Fifty years on, the COC has had many triumphs, such as the recognition of gay marriage in 2001. Yet, despite such advances, there is still a long way to go, as continuing attacks on members of our community here and abroad show us. I was one of the designers asked to design a coin to commemorate the occasion of these fifty years. Many of us in the LGBTQIA+ community feel and are made to feel like misfits in this heteronormative society. I translated this to a coin which looks like it doesn’t fit into its mould. The coin within the coin has a different perspective. And yet, the rotation in the coin shows that this relation is dynamic, that the moulds and our positions within them, are changing. There is a hope that one day the mould will accommodate us too. Typeface: Tonka by Céline Hurka & Huw D. Williams. Renders by Wang & Söderström.