A young state!

After the Cape Verde banknotes, Numizon takes you across the Atlantic at the start of the week to another island state, another island: Aruba. Located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba has been a state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in its own right since it separated from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986. The European influence is reflected in the architecture with its pastel-colored gabled facades, as in the Netherlands. We also find this influence in the language, because the inhabitants speak English, Dutch and Spanish, in addition to the local dialect, Papiamento (source: wikipedia).



The Aruban florin

When Aruba obtained its status as a State of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1986, the florin, which was then pegged to the US dollar, became the official currency of the island. The Central Bank of Aruba (Centrale Bank van Aruba) is also authorized by ordinance to issue banknotes in florin.

From 1986 to 1989, a first transitional issue of 5 strictly identical banknotes was put into circulation. In 1990, a new series of 5 banknotes was designed and engraved by Evelino Fingal. The banknotes are produced by the Dutch printer of Haarlem Johan Enschedé & Zonen. In 1993, a legal notice "WETTIG BETAALMIDDEL" was added to this series.

Then Between 2003 and 2012, new safety signs were added such as the “Omron” rings on the front and back. But these banknotes issued twice since 1990 are totally outdated and the issuing institute must consider replacing them ...



A modern series on the theme of "Life in Aruba"

In 2019 and after several years of research and reflection, The Central Bank of Aruba is issuing a new range of 10, 25, 50, 100 and 200 florins. This new series has been developed on the theme of "Life in Aruba". Each note features iconic elements of the country's flora and fauna, cultural heritage and historical monuments. Also called "Stars of Aruba", the series presents a new denomination with a 200 florin Type 2019 banknote replacing the 500 florin Type 1993.

To find out more, read our article on the 100 florin Type 2019 Aruba dated April 4, 2020.

Only 25 banknotes were issued by Aruba between 1986 and 2019. Discover them now all gathered in the Numizon catalog!



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