- The coin underlines the fact that Willemstad has been Unesco World Heritage since 1997
- Coin design by Cleo Maxime de Brabander
- Legal tender on Curacao and St. Maarten
Everyone who thinks of Willemstad on Curaçao, immediately imagines the colorful buildings at the St. Anna Bay. Willemstad is indeed known for the colorful ‘Dutch’ architecture, but when you get to know the city a little better, you will come to discover the Spanish and Portuguese influences. This mix of different cultures and influences made sure that in 1997, several of the city’s districts were being listed as Unesco World Heritage. The Royal Dutch Mint will strike a Silver 5 Guilder commemorative coin for Willemstad, on behalf of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten. The coin is a legal tender on the islands of Curaçao and St. Maarten.
Willemstad Unesco World Heritage
Willemstad is the capital of the island Curaçao, but also the former capital of the Netherlands Antilles. The Spaniards were the first to discover the island, already before the year 1500. They officially settled on the island in 1527. In 1634, a trading post on St. Anna Bay was conquered by the West Indian Company (WIC). Willemstad then was in Dutch hands, but also in English hands for some years. Since 2010, Curaçao is an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Since 1997, the historic districts of Punda, Otrabanda, Scharloo and Pietermaai are part of the Unesco World Heritage. Willemstad is therefore part of a small group of World Heritage Cities that are regarded as monuments because of their cultural and historical value. The unique location of the districts around the water emphasize why Willemstad distinguishes itself as a port city. In addition, Willemstad still presents itself as a historically recognizable city.
The Willemstad 5 Guilder was designed by Cleo Maxime de Brabander and is the same as the Dutch 5 Euro coin, of which the first issue was struck by King Willem-Alexander. The obverse of the silver coin shows the Dutch king. On the background, the Queen Juliana Bridge in Willemstad is shown. The four stars at the upper part of the obverse represent the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands: the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten. The reverse contains a city view with all four districts that are part of the Unesco World Heritage: Punda, Otrobanda, Scharloo and Pietermaai. Several important monuments can be discovered on the coin: the Handelskade (commercial quay), the Mikvé Israël-Emanuel synagogue and Fort Amsterdam in Punda and the Emanu-el temple, which marks the start of the district of Pietermaai.
|Edge lettering||* GOD * ZIJ * MET * ONS|
|Nominal value||5 guilders|
|Designer||Cleo Maxime de Brabander|