“History is a race between education and catastrophy.”

H. G. Wells


Official opening 1st May - April 11, 2012

Official Opening
1st May 18:00 hrs

On Tuesday 1st of May the Art Reserve Bank will be officially opened. The start of this new cooperative bank was long due but is now a fact.

Everyone is welcome starting 17.00 hrs
at the bank's head office
Gustav Mahlerlaan, Zuidas Amsterdam

Opening performance

Bill DrummondThe first series of four coins is designed by the Scottish artist Bill Drummond. We are very pleased he will come over from London to mint the very first reserve coin of the Art Reserve Bank.

After a tumultous career as a media-artist, Drummond's work is nowadays concentrated on intimate performances which usually take place in a private or anonymous setting. However, for this special occasion Drummond has agreed to execute one of his rare public performances around the site of the bank.

He will need exactly 100 volunteers. Everyone can join for no special skills are required.

Would you like to participate in this unique event, then please sign in here.

Special Offer: pre sale first coin

All members, donors, sponsors and volunteers who assisted in building the bank can buy this very first coin in pre sale at a reduced price.


Starting rate of exchange will be € 100
Special offer at advanced order: € 85,- (inc VAT)

order this coin now

You can also order the whole series by Bill Drummond in advanced order. A terrific opportunity to collect the complete series of the first four reserve coins. You pay in advance a fixed low exchange rate and avoid the stress about rate fluctuations or discovering that one of the coins is sold out. 

Series of four coins

Regular price at exchange rate € 100: € 400,-
Special offer at advanced order: € 325,- (inc VAT)

Order this series now

BEWARE: only 50 coins will be available for advanced orders, so be quick ! The remaining 50 coins are for sale starting May 2 at the regular rate at the bank's head office.

Committee recommendation:

Herman WijffelsProf.dr. H.H.F. Wijffels, former CEO of Rabobank, chairman of the Dutch Social Economic Council and administrator at the World Bank in Washington. Herman Wijffels is currently professor of 'Sustainability and Social change' at Utrecht University.

Arnold HeertjeProf.dr. A. Heertje, Emiritus professor of Political Economy at University of Amsterdam's law faculty. Meanwhile professor of History of Economics and member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW).

Rick van der PloegProf.dr. F. van der Ploeg, was State Secretary for culture and media in the Kok II cabinet. Rick van der Ploeg is now professor of Economics at Oxford University and professor Political Economy at Amsterdam School of Economics.

Coop Art Reserve Bank — Overtoom 256, 1054JA Amsterdam — T. +31 6 1226 3331 — info@kunstreservebank.nl