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1 the basic unit of money in Suriname; equal to 100 cents [syn: gulden, florin]
2 formerly the basic unit of money in the Netherlands; equal to 100 cents [syn: gulden, florin, Dutch florin]guilder See guilde

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  1. The former currency unit in the Netherlands, divided into 100 cents.
  2. The former currency unit in Suriname, divided into 100 cents.
  3. The current currency unit in the Netherlands Antilles, divided into 100 cents.


Extensive Definition

Guilder is the English translation of the Dutch gulden — from Old Dutch for 'golden'. The guilder originated as a gold coin (hence the name) but has been a common name for a silver or base metal coin for some centuries. The name has often been interchangeable with florin.
One-and-a-half guilder was called a daalder (see thaler); two-and-a-half guilder was called a rijksdaalder. The word daalder/thaler is the origin of dollar.
Former currencies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
Historical guilders or guldens:
Guilder and Florin are also two fictional nations in the book The Princess Bride.

See also

Other coin names that are derived from the gold of which they were once made:
guilder in German: Gulden
guilder in Spanish: Florín holandés
guilder in French: Florin
guilder in Italian: Fiorino olandese
guilder in Dutch: Gulden
guilder in Japanese: ギルダー
guilder in Norwegian: Gylden
guilder in Polish: Gulden
guilder in Portuguese: Guilder
guilder in Swedish: Gulden
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