QR = Quick Response
The Royal Dutch Mint has produced what is the first QR coded coin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
mint in Utrecht. The coins are limited edition, produced in silver as well as gold. The silver €5 and gold €10
were issued on June 22, 2011. Scanning the code directs you to http://www.q5g.nl/en/,
where a memory game is being displayed (not the best possible idea).
- Very special issue of the Mint Fiver in UNC quality
- Numbered edition of only 2011 pieces
- Packed in a special envelope with date and initials
- Unique Collectible!
QR code is a high-density barcode, which we encounter everywhere in everyday life; on consumer goods, packaging,
reight, business forms and even the test tubes from blood samples. Barcodes are used for logistics and inventory tracking
and in manufacturing, healthcare, among many others. Because of its simple design, information can be easily scanned and
quickly uploaded to a computer or a Point of Sale system.
QR codes, or Quick Response Codes, are those little black and white
squiggly images cropping up more and more on books, fliers, cereal boxes, bus ads, grocery store display shelves,
websites and even billboards. They are fairly new to North America but have been in use in Japan for years. Would you
like to create your own QR codes? Check out Kaywa QR code generator.
They were created by Denso Wave, a Toyota subsidiary, as a solution to the limitation of the maximum of 20 digit
barcodes we are all used to. Toyota needed something that would provide more information so it could more effectively
track car parts. Denso Wave's QR Code can represent up to 7,089 numbers or 4,296 alphanumeric characters – way beyond
the capability of a barcode. To maintain its practicality, it then cleverly discovered a way to shrink the physical image
size of a QR Code by adding the ability, unlike a barcode, to store the data in two dimensions – both horizontally and
vertically. This has blown open the doors to its potential uses.
QR Codes can be read by a dedicated scanner. However, with the advanced capabilities inherent in the iPhone and
other smartphones, not only can they read the codes they can also create them using free or low cost downloadable apps
like QuickMark – QR Code Reader, i-nigma QR Code, or QR Scanner.