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5 Gulden 1973, Netherlands

in Krause book Number: 95a
Years of issue: 14.06.1976
Edition: --
Signatures: Secretaris: C.T.De Bijll Nachenius, President: Jelle Zijlstra
Serie: 1973 Issue
Specimen of: 28.03.1973
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 136 х 76
Printer: Joh. Enschede en Zonen, Haarlem

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5 Gulden 1973




Scroll, inkwell and pen.


5 Gulden 1973

Joost van den Vondel

The engraving on banknote is made after this portrait of Joost van den Vondel, finished in 1653. The work was done by Dutch painter Govert (Govaert) Teuniszoon Flinck. Oil, canvas. Size in oval: 42.5 cm. (16.7 in.) x 38 cm. (15 in.). Today is courtesy of Dutch Royal museum in Amsterdam.

Joost van den Vondel (17 November 1587 - 5 February 1679) was a Dutch writer and playwright. He is considered the most prominent Dutch poet and playwright of the XVII century. His plays are the ones from that period that are still most frequently performed, and his epic Joannes de Boetgezant (1662), on the life of John the Baptist, has been called the greatest Dutch epic.

Performances of his theater pieces occur regularly. The most visible was the annual performance, on New Year's Day from 1637 to 1968, of Gijsbrecht van Aemstel.

Vondel stayed productive until a very old age. Several of his most notable plays like Lucifer and Adam in Ballingschap were written after 1650, when he was already 65.

Bottom left are four Braille dots for the visually impaired.

Denominations in numerals top left and bottom right. In words lower, more to the right from center.


5 Gulden 1973

The composition of geometric shapes. In the center the shapes resembles a house with a roof, to the left of which is an open door to the terrace.

Top left are two windows (bulls eye). The first reminds a turbine or something similar. The second looks like target.

Micro text at the left side in Dutch:

"Wetboek van Strafrecht Artikel 208

Hij die muntspeciën of munt- of bankbiljetten namaakt of vervalst, met het oogmerk om die muntspeciën of munt- of bankbiljetten als echt en onvervalst uit te geven of te doen uitgeven, wordt gestraft met gevangenisstraf van ten hoogste negen jaren."

Also in English:

"Penalty Code Article 208: He who imitates coins or notes of banknotes with the intention to issue for real, or have these coins or notes or banknotes issued for real, will be punished with imprisonment of up to nine years."

The penalty text is "continuous printed", repeated. The text is 2x complete and further partially. The readability is poor because the spaces between the words are left out.

Denominations in numerals top right and bottom left.


Designer: Ootje Oxenaar.

Paper made by "nv Papierfabrieken van Houtum & Palm".

Date of issue: 14 June 1976.

Withdrawn from circulation: between 1 November 1994 and 1 May 1995.

Final date for exchange: 1 May 2025.