The florin (sign: Afl.; code: AWG) is the currency of Aruba. It is subdivided into 100 cents. The florin was introduced in 1986, replacing the Netherlands Antillean guilder at par. The Aruban florin is pegged to the United States dollar at the rate of 1.79 florin per USD. US dollars are frequently accepted as payment at the rate of 1.75 florin per USD.
|Arubaanse florin (Dutch)|
|Banknotes||10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500 florin|
|Coins||5, 10, 25, 50 cent, 1, 2 1⁄2, 5 florin|
|User(s)||Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands)|
|Central bank||Central Bank of Aruba|
|Pegged with||U.S. dollar = 1.79 florin|
In 1986, coins were introduced in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and 1 and 2 1⁄2 florin. Later, the 5-florin banknote was replaced by a square coin and the 2 1⁄2-florin coin was removed from circulation. The 5-florin was replaced in 2005 with a round gold-coloured coin, because the old square 5-florin coin was too easy to counterfeit. All coins are struck in nickel-bonded steel with exception of the 5-florin, which is an alloy of copper and other metals. The 50-cent is the only square-shaped coin remaining, also commonly referred to as a "yotin" by the locals.
On the back of each 1-, 2 1⁄2- and 5-florin coin is a profile view of the current head of state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From 1986 to 2013, this was queen Beatrix and since 2014 it has been king Willem-Alexander. Moreover, only these three denominations have writing on their edge, namely "God Zij Met Ons" meaning 'God Be With Us'.
The Central Bank of Aruba (then named Banco Central di Aruba) introduced banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 florin and dated January 1, 1986. In 1990, the bank issued the same denominations in a colorful new family of notes designed by Aruban artist Evelino Fingal. As director of the Archaeological Museum, Fingal found inspiration in old Indian paintings and pot shards. Fingal combined decorative motifs found on pre-Columbian pottery with pictures of animals unique to the island. The 500-florin notes were introduced in 1993, with the 5-florin note replaced by a square coin in 1995.
As of 2003 a new print was started of the then already existing banknotes of 10, 25, 50, 100 and 500 florin. These new banknotes were made with new safety features to counteract counterfeiting, but retained their look.
In 2019, the Centrale Bank van Aruba unveiled a new series of banknotes in denominations of 10-, 25-, 50-, 100 and 200 florin, with the latter serving as a new denomination. The theme presented for this series is "Life in Aruba", as it contains elements of Aruban flora, fauna, cultural heritage, monuments and landmarks. They are set to be issued on June 4, 2019, and will circulate alongside the 2003 series until August 11, after which the 2003 series of banknotes will be no longer legal tender. Commercial banks in Aruba will accept the 2003 series of banknotes until December 4, afterward the notes will be redeemed at the Central Bank of Aruba for up to 30 years, until August 11, 2049.
|Image||Value||Main colour||Depicted animal|
|50 Afl.||Red||Burrowing owl|
|500 Afl.||Brown||Red grouper|
|Banknotes of the Aruban florin (2019 issue)|
|Image||Value||Main Color||Description||Date of issue|
|10 Afl.||Blue||Turtle||Bushiribana gold mill ruins||01-01-2019 (January 1, 2019)|
|25 Afl.||Orange||Bird||Jug||01-01-2019 (January 1, 2019)|
|50 Afl.||Red||Crab||Willem III Tower, Fort Zoutman (Oranjestad)||01-01-2019 (January 1, 2019)|
|100 Afl.||Green||Iguana||Dancers||01-01-2019 (January 1, 2019)|
|200 Afl.||Brown||Bird||Barrel organ, drum||01-01-2019 (January 1, 2019)|
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- "The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) uses the abbreviation 'AWG' as the currency code for Aruba. However, Aruban law uses the abbreviation 'Afl.' for the Aruban florin." Centrale Bank van Aruba, Glossary
- Centrale Bank van Aruba, Annual Statistical Digest 2011
- Linzmayer, Owen (26 April 2011). "Aruba". The Banknote Book (1st ed.). San Francisco. p. 7.
- Centrale Bank van Aruba (8 October 2015). "Banknotes and Coins".
- Centrale Bank van Aruba (8 October 2015). "Banknotes and Coins - Security Features".
- Krause, Chester L.; Clifford Mishler (1991). Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1801–1991 (18th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0873411501.
- Pick, Albert (1994). Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: General Issues. Colin R. Bruce II and Neil Shafer (editors) (7th ed.). Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-207-9.