CURACAO 2 1/2 gulden 1944 D


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, CURACAO, 2 1/2 gulden, 1944 D, silver, 0.5787 ozT, KM46, Unc

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Curacao (CuraƧao) is an island in the Lesser Antilles Group of Caribbean islands not far from Venezuela. Spanish came and enslaved the native people. The newly independent Dutch launched a private company, the Dutch West India Company, which took it away from Spain in 1634. It became a major depot of the slave trade. It was set up as a colony in the early 19th century. It was incorporated in the Netherlands Antilles in 1954. The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved in 2010 and Curacao became its own country.

The North America category: the big three, the Central American nations, and a bunch of island nations and other political entities in the Caribbean Sea. Greenland we’re putting with Europe. By that criterion we should put Martinique and Aruba with Europe too, but we’re not. I’m not even sure why. Doesn’t matter anyway. Almost all of you are searching for modern coins by country, not by region.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.