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CARNIVAL Carnaval Silver Coin 5 Florin Aruba 2014


Carnival is celebrated in countries throughout the world and its origins come from the hedonistic feasts of ancient Rome and Greece but their modern day celebration was invented in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Aruba has released a beautiful coin dedicated to their famous carnival started arund 1950, influenced by the inhabitants from Venezuela and the nearby islands.

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The word 'carnival' is derived from the Italian 'carnevale' which means literally ‘the removal of meat’. With roots going back to the pagan past, carnival, in much of Catholic Europe, became a time of festivity when the devout and not so devout Christians shed their inhibitions and indulged in a last orgy of feasting, dancing and other sensual activities before Ash Wednesday and the long period of fasting which followed. These activities were characterised by masked balls where those of the aristocratic and wealthy commercial classes could, for a time, play out their fantasies and indulge their yearnings for liberation from some of the strictures of everyday living.
This tradition of Pre-Lenten festivity took root In some of the colonies settled by French, Spanish and Portuguese peoples in the Americas. Here In the so-called "New World", it was re-inforced and transformed as It came into contact with other traditions.
Today there are numerous annual festivals celebrated throughout the Caribbean and In North and South America which are not all derived, however, from Pie-Lenten festivities, but nonetheless share certain common features: notably street dancing and parades, strongly percussive and rhythmic music, and the wearing of masks and costumes.The motifs are derived from the cultures of five continents: Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas; but the driving’ force, the rhythm is predominantly African.


Carnival in Aruba
The holiday of Carnaval is also an important one in Aruba, as it is in many Caribbean and Latin American countries, and, like Mardi Gras, that goes on for weeks. Its celebration in Aruba started, around the 1950s, influenced by the inhabitants from Venezuela and the nearby islands who came to work for the Oil refinery.
Over the years the Carnival Celebration has changed and now starts from the beginning of January till the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with a large parade on the last Sunday of the festivities (Sunday before Ash Wednesday).

  • CountryAruba
  • Year2014
  • Face Value5 Florin
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.250
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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This colorful coin depicts different carnival mask together with inscriptions "Carnival" and the year of issue 2014. On the obverse side there is Aruba coat of arms, the nominal value 5 Florint and the year of issue.