The largest and most prosperous island of the
Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, Curacao is a curious mixture of
tropical beauty and Netherlands culture. Many languages are spoken on the
island, including Papiamento, a mixture of Dutch, Spanish, African,
Portuguese and English. World-famous for its bargains in French perfumes,
cameras, diamonds, liqueur, and Swiss watches, Curacao is one of the world's
busiest ports. Its waterfront is lined with quaint, old fashioned
Not far from the waterfront
rises the towering Curacao Plaza Hotel, situated within the walls of an old
fort at a choice location at the entrance to St. Anna Bay harbor. Built in
the 1950s, the hotel has a cornerstone laid personally by British Bernhard
of the Netherlands. The year the hotel was ready for occupancy, 1957, marked
the opening of its beautiful casino. This same year was the first in which
gambling was legalized in Curacao. Games featured in its luxurious
surroundings are blackjack, roulette, slot machines and craps. Blackjacks is
played with four decks, with a minimum bet of $2 and a maximum bet of $200.
The minimum bet on the roulette wheel is $1, and the maximum on any given
number is $10. The crap table has a minimum of $5 and a maximum of $200.
Slot machines accept quarters, half-dollars and
dollars. Casino clientele is mainly Venezuelans, some Canadians, many
Americans and, of course, local people.
design of the casino's gaming coin features dice, the casino's name and the
denomination on its obverse. The denomination, 50 Gulden, also appears on
the reverse, together with a wheel, stylized dice and the legend Curacao
Plaza casino, Netherlands Antilles.
The hotel itself features an elegant dining room,
coffee shop, lounges and dancing.
At Curacao, nature cooperates with those at leisure
by providing almost perfect weather. The island receives a scant 22 inches
of rain per year, and the average annual temperature is a balmy 81 degree
Fahrenheit, with tradewinds blowing almost constantly.
This coin 50 Guilden was made
in 1980 by
Franklin Mint. This is the official gaming coins of the world's great casino
- issue number 20. The above information about the Casino and Hotel ware valid in 1980.