Netherlands mint scannable coins

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Dutch Royal Mint has made what appears to be world’s first coin to feature the Quick Response (QR) Code, a matrix of black and white squares, which can be scanned by a mobile phone camera and recognized by an app.

The codes, which are increasingly used in trade and advertising, usually serve as links to a website with more information about the product.

The code featured on the tail side of the coin made to celebrate the Royal Dutch Mint’s 100th anniversary, leads to a website dedicated to the event.

The coin comes in two varieties – the 5-euro silver version and the 10-euro gold one.