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Discovered by Amerigo Vespucci for Spain in 1499, the Spanish did not stay, being disappointed at finding no gold. It was first settled by the British in 1650. These settlements were invaded by the Dutch, and in 1667, the Netherlands obtained control of Surinam, then Guiana under the Treaty of Breda, in exchange for their North American claims to New Amsterdam, now New York. When Napoleonic France occupied the Netherlands, Suriname was occupied briefly by the British from 1799 to 1816. Suriname gained independence on November 25th 1975. Political instability followed and the military took over the government in 1980, and killed 15 opposition members in 1982. Democracy was restored in 1987, but the army again took control in 1990. Democracy again resurfaced in 1991, and the Dutch government has since assisted Suriname's financial stability.
The original population were the Arawak tribe, partially replaced by the Caribs. Slave labour was imported by the Dutch until 1863, originally from Africa, but later Chinese workers were imported from Indonesia, and Indians until 1916. This has left Suriname with a rich ethnic mixture in its population. The official language remains Dutch, but Tongo, Javanese, and Sranan or Sranang are widely spoken as well as others. Sranan is a mixed language which arose around 1700, and is widely used in everyday situations.
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
AMW = Actual Metal Weight in troy ounces of pure gold. 1976 First Anniversary of Independence
The 1976 issue commemorates the first anniversary of independence.
The obverse bears the Suriname coat of arms, with the inscription
The reverse shows the flag of Surinam superimposed on a map of Surinam and the rising sun. The legend reads:
EEN JAAR ONAFHANKELIJHEID
1975 - 25 NOVEMBER - 1976
Prices & Availability
The prices quoted in the US $ column may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
|Date||Denomination||Description||Grade||Mintage||Availability||Price £||Price $|
|1976||100 Guilders||First Anniversary of Independence, Red Gold||About Uncirculated||19,100||Yes||£175||$265|
|1991||250 Guilders||International Year of the Child||almost FDC||3,000||Yes||£185||$280|
|1991||250 Guilders||Save the Children Fund||Proof||3,000||Yes||£ See Page||$ See Page|
|2013||10 Dollar||One Ounce Silver Coin||Uncirculated||Yes||£ See Page||$ Ask|
Mintage = Quantity issued, where known, otherwise issue limit.
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UK: At buyer's Risk £3.50 or
Fully Insured £9 (Usually by Royal Mail Special Delivery)
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