Currency of the Netherlands

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1938 gulden
from the Enschede Collection
1938 2½ gulden
from the Enschede Collection

Series of 1938

Dutch currency was issued in denominations of one gulden to one thousand gulden. The series began in 1814 with a twenty-five gulden (Mevius-72-1), forty gulden (Mevius-90-1), sixty gulden (Mevius-105-1), one hundred gulden (Mevius-110-1), two hundred gulden (Mevius-130-1), three hundred gulden (Mevius-135-1), five hundred gulden (Mevius-140-1) and one thousand gulden (Mevius-147-1) and continued until the introduction of the euro in 2002. Issues prior to the 1930's are scarce to rare. The 1938 one gulden (Mevius-04-1b) shown here is the first affordable issue. It is 71 x 129 mm. The two and a half gulden which accompanied it (Mevius-13-1b) is nearly as common and is the same size.


Series of 1941

1941 twenty gulden
from Heritage sale 3523, lot 21590

This twenty gulden of 1941 (Mevius-58-1) is an overprint of a 1938 series note featuring Emma, the queen mother and regent for Wilhelmina during her minority. It is 82 x 155 mm. The overprint is considerably scarcer than the original issue.


Series of 1943

1943 gulden, printed by the ABNCo
from the Enschede Collection

This one gulden of 1943 (Mevius-05) was printed in New York by the American Bank Note Company while queen Wilhelmina was in exile in London. It is 72 x 127 mm. Fairly common, it is accompanied by 2½, ten, twenty-five, fifty and one hundred gulden banknotes.


Series of 1947

1947 100 gulden
from the Enschede Collection

This series 1947 hundred gulden (Mevius-120-1) is 82 x 154 mm and is fairly scarce.


Series of 1966

1966 five gulden
from the Enschede Collection

This series 1966 five gulden (Mevius-23-1) is 76 x 136 mm and is common.


Series of 1982

1982 fifty gulden
from the Enschede Collection
1982 fifty gulden
from Heritage sale 141241, lot 30114

This 1982 series fifty gulden (Mevius-100-1), featuring a sunflower, is fairly common and is the last issue of this denomination prior to the euro. It is 76 x 147 mm.


Series of 1989

1989 twenty-five gulden
from the Enschede Collection

This 1989 series twenty-five gulden (Mevius-85-1) is common and is the last issue of this denomination prior to the introduction of the euro. It is 71 x 140 mm and features a bar code next to the serial number.

Series of 1997

1997 ten gulden
from the Enschede Collection

This 1997 series ten gulden (Mevius-50-1) is common and is the last issue of this denomination prior to the introduction of the euro. It is 76 x 136 mm and features a bar code next to the serial number.

Source:

  • Peters, T., J. Scheper and J. Mevius, Muntalmanak 2014, 31e editie, Amsterdam: Nederlandse vereniging van munthandelaren, 2013.

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