My New Souvenir: Worthless 10 Boliviano Bill

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We don’t usually think too much about worthless bills in the US. Here in Bolivia, however, people always check to see if a bill is real. I wasn’t paying attention last week in Bolivar, a rural town in the countryside, and got this bill pictured above. It is worthless. How can you tell? Compare the note denomination numbers on both sides, they should match up. But they don’t! One side reads 53424067G and the other, 17472698G. Bills are in circulation a long time here, so you come across old bills taped back together with some frequency. And people routinely compare the two numbers to make sure they match. I obviously didn’t this time, and now have a nice little souvenir. (10 bolivianos is worth approximately $1.40, so I’m not too mad about getting hosed.)

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My New Souvenir: Worthless 10 Boliviano Bill

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