left to right: HRH Princess Margriet, Conny Wenting, Alina Zoet, Bert van Ravenswaaij (photographer Laurens Morel)
Soesterberg Netherlands, 18 March 2022 – Today, the Royal Dutch Mint revealed the medals they have manufactured for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, presented by Jaguar Land Rover. The revealing ceremony took place in the National Military Museum in Soesterberg. The first medals have been handed over by HRH Princess Margriet of The Netherlands to Dutch competitor Alina Zoet.
The medals were transported from the Royal Dutch Mint in Houten to Soesterberg in a military armoured vehicle, under escort by the Dutch Marechaussee. The National Military Museum was chosen as the location for this event because the annual Night of Military Music also takes place at this location the same weekend.
The fifth edition of the Invictus Games will be held this year in The Hague from 16 to 22 April. This international sports event for Wounded, Injured and Sick Servicemen and -women, both serving and veteran, uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country. This 5th edition is attended by 500 participants from 20 different countries.
“The Invictus Games helps us by working with companions on further recovery by achieving athletic goals. That process can make a big difference, if only because we share our stories with our teammates. The power of sport is crucial. Winning is not an end, but a medal is a beautiful lasting memory of a special moment in this process. That we have such special medals, which are made with so much care, is extra cool and we are proud of that!”
The Royal Dutch Mint (RDM) is the proud supplier of the medals for the winners. All medals are made by the silversmiths of the Royal Dutch Mint, who also make the royal decorations, and are hand decorated with a yellow tulip in enamelled glass. The tulip is not only a symbol for the Netherlands, but also for the growth of the participants and their family and friends.
The medals were designed by Pannos Goutzemisis, designer at the RDM. The obverse of the medals bears the text “The Hague 2020”, the mint mark and privy mark of the Royal Dutch Mint and the slogan “I AM”. This slogan comes from the last lines of William Ernest Henley's poem “Invictus”, which has been used by the Invictus Games from the beginning. The inscription on the back is the motto of the Invictus Games “Grow through what you go through” and the text “Invictus Games The Hague 2020”.
As a memento of this edition of the Invictus Games, the Royal Dutch Mint is releasing a very limited special set with Gold, Silver and Bronze issues which refer to the podium. In addition, a special coin in a coincard (a collector’s package in credit card format) and a 1-ounce Silver coin in a window case will be released. The coin shows icons of all participating sports. The tulip and letters “I AM” on the Silver issue are gold-plated against a black platinum background, in line with the colours of the Invictus Games logo.
The issues are not legal tender, but unique, high quality collector’s items. The coincard and the Silver coin are limited to 5,000 and 350 pieces respectively. The special set is even more exclusive, limited to only 50 boxes. The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 issues are now available on www.royaldutchmint.com/invictusgames
Note for the editors: High resolution images of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 issues are available for download here: https://royaldutchmint.sharefile.eu/i/i0aff7b8e0864b26a
Since 1567, the Royal Dutch Mint has been the producer of Dutch coins. It is an innovative company in international value products, rooted in more than 450 years of tradition. The innovative developments of recent years include laser and 3D techniques on coins, which make it possible to apply holographic elements or micro text, among other things. The Royal Dutch Mint is one of the top 5 producers of circulation coins, commemorative coins, royal decorations and collector's products worldwide. In 2020 the company left Utrecht, where it was housed since 1567, to move to ‘The Dutch Vault’ in Houten. Visit www.royaldutchmint.com for more information.
From 16-22 April 2020, the Zuiderpark in The Hague will be transformed into the Invictus Games Park. 500 participants from 20 countries take part in ten adaptive sports events, accompanied by 1,000 family and friends. The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 is an international sports event for Wounded, Injured and Sick Servicemen and –women, both serving and veteran. The Invictus Games use the power of sport to encourage recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a broader understanding and respect for the men and women who serve or have served their country. Since the inaugural Invictus Games in London in 2014, the Invictus Games have been held in Orlando (2016), Toronto (2017) and Sydney (2018).