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The stuiver [stœy.vər] was a pre-decimal coin used in the Netherlands. It was worth 16 penning or 8 duit. Twenty stuivers equalled a guilder. It circulated until the Napoleonic Wars. After the conflict, the Netherlands decimalised its guilder into 100 cents. Two stuivers equalled a dubbeltje - the ten cent coin.[1][2]

Value0.05 Dutch guilder
Mass3.5 g
Diameter21 mm
Thickness1.45 mm mm
Composition95% Cu, 4% Sn, 1% Zn
Years of minting1948–2001
28 January 2002
Redeemed by national bank until 1 January 2007
Catalog number-
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DesignQueen Wilhelmina (1948)
Queen Juliana (1950–1980)
Queen Beatrix (1982–2001)
DesignerL. O. Wenckebach (1948–1980)
Bruno Ninaber van Eyben (1982–2001)
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DesignFace value, year, privy mark (left), mint mark (right)
DesignerL. O. Wenckebach (1948–1980)
Bruno Ninaber van Eyben (1982–2001)

After the decimalisation of Dutch currency, the name "stuiver" was preserved as a nickname for the five-cent coin until the introduction of the euro. The word can still refer to the five euro cent coin, which has almost exactly the same diameter and colour despite being over twice the value of the older coin. The English denomination name stiver (used in colonial Sri Lanka and Guyana) is derived from stuiver.


Stuivers of the Dutch East India CompanyEdit

An Arnhem stuiver of 1598.

From 1660, the Dutch East India Company began to strike copper stuiver coins for local use in Sri Lanka. At first, the coins were simply stamped on both sides with their denomination but from 1783, the VOC monogram and date were added. The coins were minted at Colombo, Jaffna, Galle and Trincomalee. These coins were issued till British occupation in 1796.

Kingdom of the NetherlandsEdit

The Five cent coin struck in the Kingdom of the Netherlands between 1818 and 2001 was also called Stuiver.[3]


The Euro five cent coin continues to be referred to as stuiver in the contemporary Netherlands.[4][5][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Geschiedenis van de gulden". KNM.
  2. ^ Van Gelder, Hendrik Enno (22 November 2017). "Geschiedenis van de stuiver, door Dr. H. Enno Van Gelder" – via Open WorldCat.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  4. ^ "Stuiver".
  5. ^ "De Telegraaf-i [] Alles over de euro".
  6. ^ "Oranje: Van geen stuiver waard naar euro-forisch - VoetLicht Media". 6 July 2014.

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