Joh. Enschedé

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Royal Joh. Enschedé
Dutch: Koninklijke Joh. Enschedé
Type Private company
Industry Printing
Founded Haarlem, 1703
Founders Izaak Enschedé
Headquarters Haarlem, Netherlands
Number of locations Haarlem, Amsterdam and Brussels
Area served European Community
Key people Arie Piet, Chief Executive Officer
Products Security documents, banknotes, stamps
Services Design, print
Revenue €60 million
Employees 450

Royal Joh. Enschedé (Dutch: Koninklijke Joh. Enschedé) is a printer of security documents, stamps and banknotes based in Haarlem, Netherlands. Joh. Enschedé specialises in print, media and security. The company hosts the Museum Enschedé and has branches in Amsterdam, Brussels and Haarlem.


The company was founded in 1703, when Izaak Enschedé registered with the Printers Guild in Haarlem.[1]

Joh. Enschedé has long been associated with the printing of banknotes; the company printed the "Robin", the very first Dutch banknote, in 1814. Since then, Joh. Enschedé has printed the banknotes of the State of the Netherlands. In 1866, Joh. Enschedé began printing stamps.[1]

Izaak Enschedé 1681–1761
Johannes Enschedé Sr. 1708–1780
Johannes Enschedé Jr. 1750–1799
married Johanna Elisabeth Swaving 1754-1826
Jacobus Enschedé 1753–1783
Abraham Enschedé 1760–1820
Johannes Enschedé III 1785-1866 Christiaan Justus Enschedé 1788–1829 Christina Gerarda Enschedé 1791-1873
Jacobus Enschedé II 1787-1865
Johannes Enschedé IV 1811-1878
Adriaan Justus Enschedé 1829-1896 Catharina Jacoba Abrahamina Enschedé (1828 – 1883) Jan Justus Enschedé 1807-1887


Enschedé began manufacturing type in 1743 after purchasing the foundry of Hendrik Wetstein, and the foundry soon became the most important part of Enschedé’s business. The famous punch-cutter Joan Michael Fleischman was employed there in the eighteenth century. Its type business flourished throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and in the twentieth century the foundry achieved widespread international acclaim through the design and production of types of Jan van Krimpen. During the foundry type era, Enschedé types were distributed in the United States by Continental Type Founders Association.

Foundry Type Faces[edit]

These foundry types were produced by Enschedér:[2]


In 1978, to celebrate their 275th anniversary, Enschedé commissioned Bram de Does, one of Holland’s leading typographers, to design a digital typeface specifically for phototypesetting. The result was Trinité, a face which clearly shows its provenance and which continues the tradition of type design established at Enschedé so many years before.

During the celebrations for the company's 300th anniversary of Joh. Enschedé in 2003, the company received the designation "Royal" from Queen Beatrix.[1]


Today Joh. Enschedé specialises in security document design and printing (banknotes, postage stamps, parking permits, etc.), commercial print (annual reports, catalogues) and online document publication.[3]

The company is a certified Euro banknotes printer, and produces euro notes for five EU countries.[1]

Joh. Enschedé prints stamps for more than sixty countries.


  • Jaspert, W. Pincus, W. Turner Berry and A.F. Johnson. The Encyclopedia of Type Faces. Blandford Press Lts.: 1953, 1983. ISBN 0-7137-1347-X.
  • Friedl, Ott, and Stein, Typography: an Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Throughout History. Black Dog & Levinthal Publishers: 1998. ISBN 1-57912-023-7.
  1. ^ a b c d "Facts & Figures". Koninklijke Joh. Enschedé. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  2. ^ Jaspert, W. Pincus, W. Turner Berry and A.F. Johnson. The Encyclopedia of Type Faces. Blandford Press Lts.: 1953, 1983, ISBN 0-7137-1347-X, p. 2408-249
  3. ^ "61st lustrum shortly noted (sic)". Koninklijke Joh. Enschedé. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 

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