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5 Gulden 1984, Netherlands Antilles

in Krause book Number: 15b
Years of issue: 01.06.1984
Signatures: De Secretaris: J.H.G Driessen, De Directeur: Drs. L. Wong
Serie: 1979 1984 Monument Issue
Specimen of: 01.06.1984
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 154 x 65
Printer: Joh. Enschede en Zonen, Haarlem

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Letters NA (Nederlandse Antillen).


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View of the center of Curacao.


The Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon bridge across St. Anna Bay, in Curaçao. It connects the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of the capital city, Willemstad. The bridge is hinged and opens regularly to enable the passage of ocean going vessels. On the opposite end from the hinge is a small shelter where an operator controls two diesel engines turning propellers. The propellers are mounted perpendicular to the length of the bridge and allow it to swing parallel to the shore. The process only takes a few minutes to complete. The bridge was built in 1888 by Leonard Burlington Smith and was completely renovated in 1939. Originally it was a toll bridge. Individuals without shoes were permitted to cross the bridge without paying the toll; however, today, a toll is no longer applied. When the bridge swings open, two ferries spring into action to bring pedestrians across the water.


On the left side is the Statuut Monument, with the following inscription on it (and under it, on banknote): "Steunend op eigen kracht doch met de wil elkander bij te staan." ("Leaning on its own strength but with the will to assist each other"). Monument located at the beginning of National Unity Boulevard, in Willemstad. This memorial, opened by HM Queen Juliana in 1955 during her first visit to the island, as head of state. Six birds interconnectedness with each other, symbolizing the six islands, including Aruba, decorated with the slogan "Building on its own, but with the desire to help each other."

Denominations are on the right side and in lower left corner.


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Coat of arms is centered.


The coat of arms of the Netherlands Antilles consisted of a shield, a crown and the motto. The shield itself showed five blue stars on a golden background, within a red border. These five stars stood for the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles and also were represented in the flag. The crown atop the shield was that of the Dutch sovereign. Under the shield was a ribbon with the motto "Libertate Unanimus" ("United in Freedom"). The ultimate coat of arms was adopted on 1 January 1986, the day that Aruba separated from the Netherlands Antilles and acquired a status "aparte" within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This coat of arms replaced the previous version, which had been in use since 23 October 1964 and contained six stars: again one for each island including Aruba.

Denominations are in top right and left corners, large one centered.


Interesting fact:

Curacao - the main and the largest island the Lesser Antilles. According to one legend, on the way to the coast of South America, Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda left on the island some sailors suffering from scurvy, but they miraculously healed, and he named the island as Curacao (from the word "cure" - healing).