Netherlands Antilles

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Netherlands Antilles - Nederlandse Antillen
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The National Arms of the Netherlands Antilles The National Flag Location


The Netherlands Antilles (Nederlandse Antillen) was a self governing territory within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The federation consisted of 6 islands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.

In 1986 Aruba became independent within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and left the federation.

In 2010 the Netherlands Antilles were abolished; Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius became special overseas municipalities of the Netherlands. Curacao and Sint Maarten became, like Aruba, independent within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

National arms

The islands were first granted arms on November 30, 1964.

The arms showed 6 stars, one for each of the islands in the group. The royal crown is taken from the Dutch national arms.

When Aruba left the Netherlands Antilles, the arms were changed; one star was removed. These arms were granted on January 1st, 1986 and have been in use until October 2010, when the Netherlands Antilles was abolished.

Postal cancellation 1987

See also

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Heraldic philately (stamps) from the Netherlands Antilles