Ships Board Token, Netherlands Post WWII Era
25 Boordgeld. Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland. Circa 1947 – 1957. Aluminium Utility Token. 25.3mm square.
Most were struck in 1947. After WWII, the gulden was not convertible and the economy was in a shambles. Unemployment was quite high. Many chose to emigrate, rather than wait for things to get better. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands Antilles and Surinam were the chosen destinations.
MSN had regular services to most of these countries and what is now Indonesia. They could not accept Dutch currency on board, as it was not allowed to import or export Dutch money, but they did want people to spend money on board. These tokens could be bought before boarding and spent on the ships. The values were 5, 10, 25 (square), 25 (round), 50 cents, 1 x 2.5 gulden. A 5 gulden piece was added in 1948.