[OFF TOPIC] Old pre euro money?
Thread poster: Edward Vreeburg

Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
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Jul 20, 2016

It might be well worth looking into the cabinets for envelopes an piggy banks of old holiday money from all over Europe from trips you, your parents or grandparents made in the 70'ties or 80'ties... For the Netherlands old 100 gulden bill type "Michiel de Ruyter" will be worthless from next Monday..

http://www.entoen.nu/michielderuyter/beeld-en-geluid/bankbiljet-met-michiel-de-ruyter

While crisp brand new ones might be worth up to 150-200 euros to collectors, used and folded bills can still be handed in at the Nederlandse Bank for 45 euro and 38 cents....

There are still 3.2 million 100 bills missing (ka-ching!) of this type and the other types, so if you have them, you might be sitting an a small fortune...

(in Dutch, with images of other types of 100 gulden bills)
http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/geld-en-werk/je-100-guldenbiljet-kan-honderden-euros-waard-zijn

More info in Dutch:
(DNB - Dutch National Bank)
http://info.dnb.nl/vragen/kan_ik_guldenbiljetten_inwisselen

The same probably applies to other currencies like German Marks and French Francs....

--- have fun treasure hunting !
Ed Vreeburg

[Edited at 2016-07-20 10:24 GMT]


 

Kelly Neudorfer  Identity Verified
Germany
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keepsake / nostalgia Jul 20, 2016

I bet a lot of people are sitting on one or two for keepsakes. I know I still have some bills and coins from my trips around pre-euro Europe. I'm not going to turn in my 20 DM bill just for 10€ (or less). I mean, if I had 30 of them sitting around then maybe I would turn in 29, but I bet a lot of people are keeping just one or two bills and a couple coins.
With almost 17 million Dutch, I think 3.2 million missing bills is not too remarkable.

Still, a good reminder for those who were planning on getting around to exchanging them *some day.* I don't know when the expiration date for exchanging DMs is/was.


 

Edward Vreeburg  Identity Verified
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more info for German Marks Jul 20, 2016

(in English:...)

https://www.bundesbank.de/Redaktion/EN/Standardartikel/Tasks/Cash_management/free_exchange_dm_euro.html

I think most of the coins have simply expired by now, but I just read German coins can still be handed in (even the little pfennigs) .... I believe for almost all eternity...

The expiration date of coins from the Netherlands has expired, so only silver and gold coins are still worth something...

Perhaps some charity or relief fund still collects them, like the operation Pieces Jaunes (yellow (copper) coins) for France... (although there seems to be talk of fraud)

(in French)
http://legroupe.laposte.fr/actualite/l-operation-pieces-jaunes-2015-est-lancee
http://www.piecesjaunes.fr/




[Edited at 2016-07-20 12:48 GMT]

[Edited at 2016-07-20 13:18 GMT]


 

Kristina Cosumano  Identity Verified
Germany
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It turns up now and then Jul 21, 2016

My husband once found 600 deutschmarks tucked into an old book he'd bought for 50 cents at the recycling center in Munich. We had to go to the central Bavarian bank headquarters to exchange it, and brought along all the coins that had turned up since the change to the euro. We were very surprised to find people ahead of us in line, doing exactly the same thing.

 

Kelly Neudorfer  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 05:28
German to English
That's worth it Jul 21, 2016

Kristina Cosumano wrote:

My husband once found 600 deutschmarks tucked into an old book he'd bought for 50 cents at the recycling center in Munich. We had to go to the central Bavarian bank headquarters to exchange it, and brought along all the coins that had turned up since the change to the euro. We were very surprised to find people ahead of us in line, doing exactly the same thing.


Ok, for 600 DMs I'd go get them exchanged, too! But I'm still holding on to my 20 DM billicon_wink.gif


 


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