This is *so* cool. I want one!
A contest was held to design a new Dutch 5 Euro coin, and a guy named Stani won, using fairly geeky methods and only free software to come up with something that’s actually quite beautiful and modern.
You can read about his detailed methodology and his rationale at his blog.
Here’s the executive summary if you’re lazy and don’t feel like looking at diagrams, but I really do suggest reading it:
A list of names of famous Dutch architects are listed radially using a custom font, from most famous to least, as determined by Internet search results, to form an image of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The reverse side depicts books written by architects, also arranged radially to form a general outline of the Netherlands itself. Birds represent the capitols of each province.
Unfortunately I think his design is better than the actual creation (which you can see at his blog), but that’s what typically happens when things go from concept to production, eh? The coloration is just a bit different.