Netherlands Antillean guilder

The Netherlands Antillean guilder (Dutch: gulden) is the currency of Curaçao and Sint Maarten, which until 2010 formed the Netherlands Antilles along with Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius. It is subdivided into 100 cents (Dutch plural form: centen). On January 1, 2011, in the islands of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius, the guilder was replaced by the United States dollar.[1] In Curaçao and Sint Maarten, the Netherlands Antillean guilder was proposed to be replaced by a new currency,[1] the Caribbean guilder,[2] but this was stalled indefinitely by negotiations over the establishment of a separate central bank for Curaçao.[3] In November 2020, the Central Bank announced the introduction of the replacement guilder, which was planned to be implemented in the first half of 2021;[4] however, implementation was delayed several times.

Netherlands Antillean guilder
Antilliaanse gulden (Dutch)
Modern 10 guilder note, in circulation 2009Modern 100 guilder note, in circulation 2009
ISO 4217
CodeANG (numeric: 532)
SymbolNAƒ, NAf, ƒ or f
Freq. usedƒ10, ƒ25, ƒ50, ƒ100
Coins1, 5, 10, 25, 50 cent, ƒ1, ƒ2+12, ƒ5
User(s) Curaçao and

 Sint Maarten

until 2024

 Netherlands Antilles

until 10 October 2010

 Caribbean Netherlands

until 1 January 2011
Central bankCentral Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten
PrinterJoh. Enschedé
SourceBank van de Nederlandse Antillen, 2006 Q1
Pegged withU.S. dollar = ƒ1.79


In Papiamentu, the local language of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, the guilder is called a "florin".[5] The ISO-4217 code, ANG, is derived from ANtilliaanse Gulden, while the currency symbol, NAFl, is derived from Netherlands Antilles Florin.


In the 18th century, the Dutch guilder circulated in the Netherlands Antilles. This was supplemented in 1794 by an issue of coins specific for the Dutch holdings in the West Indies. At this time, the guilder was subdivided into 20 stuiver.

Between 1799 and 1828, the reaal circulated on the islands, with 1 reaal = 6 stuiver or 3+13 reaal = 1 guilder. The Dutch guilder was reintroduced in 1828, now subdivided into 100 cents. When currency began once more to be issued specifically for use in the Netherlands Antilles, it was issued in the name of Curaçao, with the first banknotes and coins, denominated in the Dutch currency, introduced in 1892 and 1900, respectively. The name "Netherlands Antilles" (Nederlandse Antillen) was introduced in 1952.

In 1940, following the German occupation of the Netherlands, the link to the Dutch currency was broken, with a peg to the U.S. dollar of 1.88585 guilders = 1 dollar established. The peg was adjusted to 1.79 guilders = 1 dollar in 1971.

In 1986, Aruba gained a status aparte and thereby left the Netherlands Antilles. Shortly after that, Aruba began to issue its own currency, the Aruban florin, which replaced the Netherlands Antillean guilder at par.

In 2011, a year after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius switched to the United States dollar, and the Netherlands Antillean guilder ceased to be legal tender in those territories.

Curaçao and Sint Maarten intended to replace the currency, thus they ceased production of the currency, but as of December 2020, these territories still use the Antillean guilder. Since 2018 banknotes and coins now require replacement[6] and there are only two years of the Antilles guilder physical currency remaining. There has been a possibility that the islands could opt for the euro instead or possibly the US dollar.[7]

In November 2019, Curaçao Finance Minister Kenneth Gijsbertha confirmed the introduction of the Caribbean guilder,[8] and the Central Bank announced a year later.[4]

By August 2021, it was reported that the new guilder was expected to be launched in either 2023 or 2024.[9] In September 2022, however, CBCS aimed to introduce the guilder in 2024.[10]


A one cent coin from 1998.

In 1794, silver coins were issued for use in the Dutch West Indies in denominations of 2 stuiver, 14, 1 and 3 guilders. After the reintroduction of the Dutch guilder in 1828, some 1-guilder coins were cut into quarters and stamped with a "C" in 1838 to produce 14-guilder coins.

In 1900 and 1901, silver 110 and 14-guilder coins were introduced which circulated alongside Dutch coins. Following the German occupation of the Netherlands and the separation of the Netherlands Antillean currency from the Dutch, a bronze 1-cent coin was introduced in 1942, followed by a cupro-nickel 5-cent coin in 1943. Bronze 2+12 cent and silver 1 and 2+12 guilders were introduced in 1944. The coinage of 1941–44 was minted in the United States and carries "P" or "D" mintmarks, and for most denominations a small palm tree. This money was also intended for use in Suriname. The alternate Dutch names for some of these coins are: 5 cent—stuiver; 10 cent—dubbeltje; 25 cent—kwartje; and 2+12 guilders—rijksdaalder.

From 1952, the name "Nederlandse Antillen" appeared on the coins. In 1970, nickel replaced silver, although the 2+12-guilder coin was not reintroduced until 1978. Aluminium 1 and 2+12 cents were introduced in 1979. In 1989, aluminium 1 and 5 cents, nickel-bonded-steel 10 and 25 cents, and aureate-steel 50 cents, 1 and 2+12 guilders were introduced. Aureate-steel 5-guilder coins followed in 1998.

The five-guilder coin is produced from aureate steel. The spots on the obverse are the result of corrosion, and are not a typical feature of the coin. Octagonal ridges are built into the face to help distinguish it from the similar one-guilder coin. The face features Beatrix of the Netherlands, while the obverse has the coat of arms of the Netherlands Antilles.
The one-guilder coin is produced from aureate steel. The face features Beatrix of the Netherlands, while the obverse has the coat of arms of the Netherlands Antilles.
The 50-cent coin is diamond-shaped. It is the only modern Antillean coin in this form, but an earlier version of the five-cent piece was also in this shape.


In 1892, the Curaçaosche Bank introduced notes in denominations of 25 and 50 cents, 1 and 2+12 guilders. This was the only issue of the cent denominations. Notes for 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 guilders followed in 1900. The 1 and 2+12 guilder notes were suspended after 1920 but reintroduced by the government in 1942 as muntbiljet.

From 1954, the name "Nederlandse Antillen" appeared on the reverse of the notes of the Curaçaosche Bank and, from 1955, the muntbiljet (2+12 guilders only) was issued in the name of the Nederlandse Antillen. In 1962, the bank's name was changed to the Bank van de Nederlandse Antillen. Starting in 1969, notes dated 28 AUGUSTUS 1967 began to be introduced. The front of these notes all feature the Statuut monument at front left instead of the allegorical seated woman found on the preceding issues, and on the back there is a new coat of arms.[11] In 1970, a final issue of muntbiljet was made in denominations of both 1 and 2+12 guilders. The 500 guilder note was not issued after 1962. The 5 and the 250 guilder notes were not issued after 1998. The 5 guilder was replaced with a coin.

The 10 guilder note is illustrated with a hummingbird. Security features include a surface foil tag, an embedded hologram under the hummingbird, and an orange moiré pattern contrasting with the green note. The 25 guilder note is illustrated with a flamingo. Security features include a surface foil tag, an embedded hologram under the flamingo, and a green moiré pattern contrasting with the pink note. The 50 guilder note has an rufous-collared sparrow on the face. Security features include a surface foil tag, an embedded hologram under the sparrow, and a green moiré pattern contrasting with the orange note. The 100 guilder note has a bananaquit on the face. Security features include a surface foil tag, an embedded hologram under the bananaquit, and a green moiré pattern contrasting with the brown note.
Current ANG exchange rates

See also


  1. (in Dutch) – Wat is er veranderd sinds de staatkundige herindeling van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden? Archived 20 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Antilliaanse gulden wordt aangehouden in 2012". (in Dutch). 14 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  3. "Jardim: Research Monetary Union Is Not A Priority". Curaçao Chronicle. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. "Central Bank announces introduction of Caribbean Guilder in 2021". 15 November 2020. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  5. Ratzlaff, Betty. Papiamentu/Ingles Dikshonario, second print, pg. 81, ISBN 99904-0-030-X
  6. "Banknotes and coins should soon be replaced". Curaçao Chronicle. 15 February 2016.
  7. "Only two years worth of Antillean guilders left". The Daily Herald. 13 June 2018. Archived 19 October 2019 at the Wayback Machine
  8. "Caribbean guilder becomes reality". Curaçao Chronicle. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  9. "Doornbosch: 'Curaçao economy for 80 percent of foreign exchange reserves and Sint Maarten 20 percent'". Curaçao Chronicle. 17 August 2021. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  10. "CBCS moves ahead with the Introduction of the Caribbean Guilder" (PDF). Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (Press release). 5 September 2022.
  11. Linzmayer, Owen (2012). "Netherlands Antilles". The Banknote Book. San Francisco, CA:


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