Whenever you venture into the research of
your ancestor’s possessions, you typically hit this question pretty soon:
How much was that in current-day money? What does it mean that your great-great-grandfather
bought a house for 300 guilders?
Go to our Historic Dutch Currency Calculator
to quickly convert old Dutch guilders to modern-day major currencies.
Keep on reading to find out what’s a guilder, how it evolved over the
centuries and how you can calculate the conversion by hand.
the Middle Ages the Netherlands used a coin named “guilder”. The name
refers to a golden (gilded) Florentine coin. The Florentine origin of
the guilder remained visible in the symbol for the guilder, which is an
“f” or “fl”, and the old word “florijn”.
That the coin had the same name
for centuries can lead to the false impression that its value and the
way it used to be split up in smaller coins was the same for centuries
as well. This, however, is not the case.me for centuries can lead to the
false impression that its value and the way it used to be split up in
smaller coins was the same for centuries as well. This, however, is not
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New Books: Dutch Art
This week we added yet another section to our books pages: Dutch
Between 1600 and 1900 the Netherlands produced many talented painters
such as Vermeer, Rembrandt and Van Gogh to name just a few.
If you are interested in their work and in the works of many other Dutch
artists, then we recommend having a look at the books
we have selected for you.
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