First strike of commemorative farewell Antillean guilder coin | THE DAILY HERALD

The 5-guilder “Farewell NAf.” commemorative coin.

PHILIPSBURG–The inaugural strike of the five-guilder “Farewell NAf.” commemorative coin was celebrated at the Royal Dutch Mint (KNM) in Houten, the Netherlands recently.

This special silver coin features all birds depicted on Netherlands Antillean banknotes: the Hummingbird, Flamingo, Andean Sparrow, Bananaquit and Caribbean Mockingbird, along with the text: Vaarwel NAf. – Farewell Naf. – Ayó Naf.

This will be the last Netherlands-Antillean coin minted for the countries of Curaçao and St. Maarten. After more than 70 years as the currency of first six, then five and finally two islands within the Kingdom, the Netherlands Antillean guilder will be replaced by the Caribbean guilder as of March 31, 2025. The depiction of the birds on the coin highlights the connection between the NAf. banknotes and coins. In addition, 5-guilder circulation-quality farewell NAf. coins will be minted. The commemorative coin will go on sale at the end of this month.

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Bert van Ravenswaai, CFO and Mint Master of the Royal Dutch Mint, Julian Lopez Ramirez, Chairman of the CBCS Supervisory Board, CBCS president Richard Doornbosch and Susan van Wijk, Managing Director of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (KNM) showing the first minted commemorative coin.

 The first strike was performed by Julian Lopez Ramirez, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS), in the presence of CBCS President Richard Doornbosch and monetary historian and former curator/director of the Museum of the Royal Mint of the Netherlands, Albert Scheffers.


Julian Lopez Ramirez, Chairman of the CBCS Supervisory Board performing the first strike.

In his speech on the occasion, Doornbosch noted that this was a double farewell: not only to the Netherlands Antillean guilder, but also to the Royal Dutch Mint as the supplier of circulation coins. The relationship between the islands, formerly Curaçao and its dependencies and the KNM (and its legal predecessors) dates back at least 230 years, beginning in 1794 when the Utrecht Provincial and City Mint first struck silver 3, 1 and ¼ guilder coins, as well as two five-penny pieces, for the islands on behalf of the chartered Dutch West India Company (WIC). These were marked with a "W" to distinguish them from those circulating in Europe.

The CBCS has commissioned the minting of 500 silver coins and 20,000 circulation coins. The commemorative silver coins will soon go on sale for NAf. 110 each and will be available at the CBCS Cash Department in Curaçao and St. Maarten. The official sales date will be announced soon.

As part of the farewell to the Netherlands Antillean guilder, the CBCS has also commissioned a book, which is currently in preparation. The publication date of this book will be announced at a later date.

Source: The Daily Herald