Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld is set to receive his own symbolic coin produced by the Royal Dutch Mint to honour his incredible contribution to darts in the Netherlands.
Van Barneveld’s glittering 35-year career came to a conclusion at last month’s PDC World Championship and he leaves behind a remarkable legacy, having won 26 major televised titles whilst inspiring a generation of Dutch talent.
The 52-year-old revealed that he would receive his own coin whilst working as a pundit for RTL7 during the World Championship Final between Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen on New Year’s Day, declaring: “It is a great honour. I am incredibly proud to receive my own coin.”
The ‘Barney coin’ is marketed in three different variants -a medal, a silver and a gold-plated one. There is also a dartboard on the reverse of the coin and 690 copies of the special replica were sold out within hours.
Barney was informed of the tribute by Bert van Ravenswaaij, Chief Financial Officer of the Royal Dutch Mint, and the doyen of Dutch darts will be presented with his own coin during his farewell from the sport on February 8th at the ‘Barney Dome’.
The Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam will be renamed the ‘Barney Dome’ as Phil Taylor, Wayne Mardle, Richie Burnett, Martin Adams and Bobby George compete against RvB and other celebrities including Robin van Persie and Rafael van der Vaart to win the Barney Dome Cup in just over two weeks.
The Den Haag ace is a national hero in the Netherlands after becoming the first Dutchman to win the World Darts Championship in 1998. He added further titles in 1999, 2003 and 2005, before defeating Phil Taylor in a sudden-death epic at the Circus Tavern to claim a fifth world title.
He won a host of other major titles including the World Masters, UK Open, Grand Slam of Darts and the Premier League, whilst also leading his country to four World Cup of Darts titles – three of which were won alongside Michael van Gerwen.
Van Barneveld registered five televised nine-darters during his PDC career and he enjoyed universal popularity courtesy of the unwavering support from the Barney Army, who will head to Amsterdam in their droves to witness their hero’s farewell on home turf.
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