Thursday, 18 February 2016

Euro

There are a lot of people in the Eurozone who want their own currency back. It may be the Deutch Mark, the French Franc or as many of us the Dutch guilder. I am not one of them. I like to think forward and not backwards. I don't think we can go back to the days that were once. It is gone, a memory. We have to deal with the current situation.

But what I did like was the design of the Dutch banknotes. The design was from Ootje Oxenaar
and Jaap Drupsteen two graphic designers working for the Dutch National Bank. On the 5 guilder note is Joost van den Vondel, on the 10 guilder note Michiel Adriaanszoon De Ruyter, on the 25 guilder note Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. In 1980 came the first 50 guilder note "the Sunflower", inspired by Van Gogh of course. The 100 guilder note shows the Watersnip, or in Dutch for short "de Snip". On the 250 guilder banknote was the lighthouse of Haamstede Not shown here, but there was a 1000 guilder banknote in this series showing Baruch Spizoza
Before these notes were issued, some of these notes I remember vividly as well. The 10 and 25 guilder notes are so pretty, a pity these are easy to reproduce. On the 2,5 gulder note shows the late queen Juliana, on the 10 guilder note Joost van den Vondel again, on the 25 guilder not Antoni van Leeuwenhoek and on the 100 guilder note Erasmus.
Ah, yes. Compare it to the lifeless, boring euro notes... Those were the days.
Smile.

8 comments:

  1. I love the look of the Dutch ban notes...maybe if the money was prettier we would hang on to it longer...
    hugs abby

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    1. Mmm, what's the use of hanging on to money. We should hang on to life, or the saving of the planet, not money.

      Han

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  2. Ah, the good old times, Han. I love those banknotes.
    Thanks,

    appy

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    1. It makes the old Dutch heart beat again, doesn't it Appy?

      Han

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  3. Well, thanks God, we said NO to Euro and it had spared us .. A LOTS!!
    Smile.

    Mona Lisa

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    1. Ah, no Euro enthousiast, are you Mona Lisa? Maybe you are right.

      Han

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  4. Lovely bank notes...too bad you gave them up for the plain Euro. Seems as if you sacrificed a bit of your history.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. You said it right Cat, it is compared to the dull Euro, a bit of our history.

      And of my own history rembemering these old 10 guilders notes in my fathers wallet...

      Han

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