Moneda di ántes

Elisabeth Fecunda tells us about her fascination for coins. “I collect coins, just like my father. One of these is from 1923! A lot of our coins have nicknames. The 1/10 guilder is called depchi, 2 1/2 cents is plaka and 2,50 guilders is called fuerte.”

The first coins that were pressed especially for Curaçao date from 1821. Before that mainly Spanish and Portuguese colonial coins had been used on the island for international commerce and large transactions. In 1826 Dutch coins also became legal tender on the island. The financial administration in the colony Curaçao was pretty chaotic. There was a constant shortage of small change and a proliferation of foreign coins for trade. In the late 19th century three privately owned firms even started pressing their own coins.

In the early 20th century two special coins were introduced for Curaçao: a 1/4 and 1/10 guilder. It wasn’t until the second world war that a separate coinage system was introduced for Curaçao. In the 1960s the design and material of the coins changed. From then on silver coins were made of nickel and bronze coins became aluminum.

“There was a constant shortage of small change.”