The Royal Dutch Mint has printed the world's first QR code coin in celebration of the Utrect mint's 100-year anniversary. The QR codes will be printed onto the back of a silver five Euro coin and gold 10 Euro coin, which will be issued on June 22.
The Dutch Royal Mint is promising a "surprise" for people who scan the coins. What is known about the surprise is that people will be redirected to the Royal Dutch Mint's website, but what will be waiting for people who scan the coin is anyone's guess.
The QR code coin could bring about a renewed interest in physical money. The convenience of debit and credit cards has pushed coin and paper money to the brink, but QR codes could be what is needed to keep mints and printing presses open. I eagerly await the day when a $1 bill has QR code printed on it that will give you 50 percent off a Pepsi product.