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Value 0.05 Dutch guilder
Mass 3.5 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness ? mm
Edge plain
Orientation coin
Composition 95% Cu, 4% Sn, 1% Zn
Years of minting 1948–2001
Circulation 1948–
28 January 2002
Redeemed by national bank until 1 January 2007
Catalog number -
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Design Queen Wilhelmina (1948)
Queen Juliana (1950–1980)
Queen Beatrix (1982–2001)
Designer L. O. Wenckebach (1948–1980)
Bruno Ninaber van Eyben (1982–2001)
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Design Face value, year, privy mark (left), mint mark (right)
Designer L. O. Wenckebach (1948–1980)
Bruno Ninaber van Eyben (1982–2001)

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]

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. The English denomination name stiver (used in colonial Sri Lanka and Guyana) is derived from stuiver.

Stuivers of the Dutch East India Company[edit]

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 Netherlands[edit]

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 also[edit]


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