The Badge Company from the Netherlands, the official merchandising partner of the Eurovision Song Contest, introduced the coin programme at the Heads of Delegation meeting in Belgrade, back in March. The first stamped coin was presented to Svante Stockselius, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is the intention of both the EBU as well as The Badge Company to release a commemorative Official Coin every year. The coins are produced by Royal Dutch Mint.
The coins are no legal tender, but produced as commemorative medals. The Official Coin is being produced in limited numbers - some 5,000 each year. "Over the upcoming years, as a coin is being released every year, the item will surely become a true collectable. It is not unusual that as the collection grows, the value of a complete set of coins increases over time," says Roland Heerkens, CEO of The Badge Company, to Eurovision.tv.
The captured Official Coin (33mm in diameter) will be delivered in a special gift box A numbered Certificate of Authenticity is included in the coin gift box. The box includes a special booklet containing information about participants.
The third edition of the Official Fan Book is now available as well. The book contains over 100 pages of information about the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, the 43 participants, the hosts, the event itself and more! The editorial team is currently finalizing the third edition, but you can already pre-order the hard-cover collectable for EUR 14,95 (excl. shipping).