50 gulden note

Netherlands, AD 1982

From portraits to patterns

In most countries, designs on banknotes are chosen to represent national or cultural identity. A portrait of the head of state or a national figure may be shown, combined with views of a typical landscape, architecture, economic activity, indigenous wildlife or other aspects of national heritage.

However, since the 1970s, the Netherlands has deliberately moved away from patriotic themes, focusing rather on dramatic and colourful designs that can easily be recognized, such as this glowing design of a bee on a sunflower. More recent Dutch notes are dominated by geometric patterns, with naturalistic images of birds or animals hidden in security features such as the watermark.

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50 gulden note

© 2000 De Nederlandsche Bank

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More information


J.J. Grolle, 'From Robin redbreasts to Robin Redbreast: development of Dutch Banknotes since 1814' in Proceedings of the XIth. Inter, Vol. IV (Louvain-la-Neuve, 1993)

J. Williams (ed.), Money: a history (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)


Length: 147.000 mm
Width: 76.000 mm

Museum number

CM 1993-4-31-5


Lent by De Nederlandsche Bank


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