Netherlands Antilles: 150th Anniversary of Abolition and Liberation | Silver Coins

Netherlands Antilles: 150th Anniversary of Abolition and Liberation

The Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten have launched (1st July) a new coin which marks the 150th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the Dutch West Indies – presently the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St. Maarten. The initial rebellion which took place in 1795 on the island of Curacao was led by a slave by the name of Tula – who did not survive the battle. It wasn’t until 1862 in which a law was proposed outlawing the slave trade in Dutch held possessions like Dutch Guyana or present-day Suriname. This law was passed in the very same year and on the 1st July 1863, all slaves originating from West Africa and living in Dutch colonies in the Americas were liberated.

Netherlands Antilles

The coin, which contains a depiction of the very monument devoted to the slave Tula, is observed on the obverse along with the text “Verbreek de Ketenen” (Break the shackles) which is observed beneath the primary design and style. The commemorative years “1863 – 2013” are also integrated in the principal design.

Struck by the Royal Dutch Mint, the coin is struck to proof quality and has a strict mintage of just 750 pieces. The Authority denoted on the reverse is The Netherlands Antilles.

Denomination

Metal

Weight

Diameter

Good quality

Mintage

five Gulden

.925 silver

11.9 grams

29 mm.

Proof

750 pieces

For more details n this and other coins provided by the Central Bank of The Netherlands Antilles, please go to the web site of the Royal Dutch mint at: http://www.knm.nl/5-Gulden-150-jaar-Afschaffing-Slavernij-Curaao-en-Sint-Maarten-Zilver-Proof/nl/product/3200/ Data provided in Dutch – orders dispatched to European destinations only.

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