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Friday, November 12, 2010

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How much did you say? Converting Dutch Historic Currencies

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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.

Ever since 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 the case.


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New Books: Dutch Art

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This week we added yet another section to our books pages: Dutch art books.

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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