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Assuming that this sign was based on a digital font, then this specific Nobel is the revival made by Tobias Frere-Jones for Font Bureau. The interpretation made by Andrea Fuchs and Fred Smeijers and published by DTL has a pointed A.
Which one stays closer to the original? Well, that depends at what “original” you are focusing on: at some point, Typefoundry Amsterdam offered the “spitse kapitalen” (pointy capitals) for ‘AMNVW’ as alternates, made available on request only. DTL’s page for Nobel further mentions:
‘In addition, the letterforms differ considerably in the various font sizes. Which point size should you then take as a starting point?’, Fuchs and Smeijers wonder about DTL Nobel in a brochure published in 1993.
On Berlage and typography: Donald Beekman made two typefaces based on lettering found in two of his buildings, the Beurs van Berlage and the Burcht van Berlage, both in central Amsterdam. They were released in 2017, as FF Berlage Beurs and FF Berlage Burcht. A little later, Beekman also did an interpretation of the lettering found on many bridges in Amsterdam, which is probably based on designs by Berlage, too. This typeface is called VLNL Berlagebrug.