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18 March 2022

The Royal Dutch Mint Reveals the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 Official Medals

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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.

 Invictus Games The Hague 2020

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.

Alina Zoet, one of the Dutch team members, responded:

“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!”

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left to right: Gold, Silver Bronze (photographer Laurens Morel)

Design of the Medals

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”.

Sporty Issues

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

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Deputy Chief of Defense Boudewijn Boost (photographer Laurens Morel)

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

 

About the Royal Dutch Mint

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.

 

About the Invictus Games The Hague 2020

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).

 

Contact details: 

Royal Dutch Mint

Janique van Son

Tel: (+31) (0) 30 291 04 38

E-mail: press@royaldutchmint.com

www.royaldutchmint.com

 

Invictus Games The Hague 2020

Simon Keijzer, head of media relations and media operation

Tel: + 31 6 54 754 405

E-mail: media@invictusgames2020.nl

www.invictusgames2020.nl

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About Invictus Games The Hague 2020

De Invictus Games is een internationaal sportevenement voor fysiek en/of mentaal gewonde militairen. De Invictus Games gebruikt de kracht van sport om herstel te stimuleren, revalidatie te ondersteunen en breder begrip en respect te genereren voor hen die hun land dienen of gediend hebben.

‘Invictus’ staat voor ‘onoverwonnen’. Het symboliseert de vechtlustige geest, van fysiek en/of mentaal gewonde militairen. Het laat zien wat je, ondanks je verwondingen, kunt bereiken.

Aan de Invictus Games, die in het voorjaar van 2022 in Den Haag worden gehouden, doen 500 deelnemers mee, uit 20 verschillende landen. Zij zullen actief zijn in tien verschillende sporten.

Alle deelnemers mogen, op uitnodiging en kosten van de organisatie, twee vrienden of familieleden die hebben geholpen tijdens het revalidatieproces meenemen naar het evenement.

Iedere deelnemer aan de Invictus Games heeft zijn eigen verhaal, maar allen hebben ze de innerlijke kracht gevonden om door te gaan en zichzelf op te richten. Alleen, met hulp van familie en vrienden, maar altijd mede dankzij de kracht van sport.


The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for Wounded, Injured and Sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.

The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury.

The Invictus Games is about much more than just sport – it captures hearts, challenges minds and changes lives.

The Invictus Games 2020 will be held in The Hague in the spring of 2022 and invites 500 competitors, from 19 different countries. They will participate in 10 different sports.
All competitors may bring two friends or family members who have helped during the rehabilitation process, at the invitation and expense of the organization.

The participants all have their own story of physical and/or psychological injury or illness. But all of them have found the inner strength to go on and reinvent themselves. Sometimes alone, often with the help of family and friends, but always through the power of sport. The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 is the platform to share their stories and add another chapter to their book of life.

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