Published On: Sat, Aug 25th, 2012

Possibly the last Antillean guilders

WILLEMSTAD The Royal Dutch Mint in Utrecht has struck new Antillean guilders coins. According to plan, these coins of 2012 will be the last Antillean guilders. It was agreed namely that Curaçao and St. Maarten would introduce a Caribbean guilder in 2013.

The coins can also be ordered as a set at the Mint. The theme of the set is the Foundation Helping Hands. The set is called ‘Curaçao and St. Maarten BU-set’ (previously the Netherlands Antilles BU-set). BU stands for ‘brilliant uncirculated’ and is completely flawless.

Although the name of the set was changed to ‘Curaçao and St. Maarten’, it still contains the Antillean guilder. The collection set costs 23.95 euro’s via site www.knm.nl.

Earlier on the Royal Mint had emitted a combination-set of two silver commemorative coins from the Netherlands Antilles and the BES-Islands and a special commemorative dollar from the BES-Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) in celebration of introducing the US dollar as legal tender.

The banks and shops on the three islands accept this BES-dollar even though it’s not a legal tender. The coin shows the three mountains of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba and three birds: the flamingo, the pelican and the tropical bird.

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