The Clipper Stad Amsterdam is a vessel with a story.
It all started during the SAIL Amsterdam 1995 event,
when five municipal councillors were travelling by barge
from the VOC-ship Amsterdam to the mayor’s official residence.
“Wouldn’t it be great,” one of them said,
“to build another of those great sailing ships from the past,
as a symbol of the commercial spirit of the city of Amsterdam?”
Born in The Hague in the Netherlands
he attended the city’s Royal Academy of Art
and then, from 1966 until 1985,
worked for the Nederlandsche Bank
on a series of new banknotes.
It was here that he designed
what came to be his most famous project
and, in terms of currency design,
what many consider to be
the most beautiful money in the world.