The town of Alhama in Granada, Spain

Europe’s oldest paper money remains undiscovered

The oldest form of paper money was used as emergency money in times of war. In the Late Middle Ages, under difficult circumstances, the defenders of a besieged town in Spain used paper promissory notes to pay for the garrison's salary and other expenditures...

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Mozambique 100 Escudos

The peculiar Mozambique 100 Escudos banknote

All over Britain, banknotes of 100 Mozambique escudos are found in people's drawers, again and again. Seems strange, doesn't it? If you wonder why so many Britons have a Mozambique 100 Escudos note? We found the answer...

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Extra currencies for the exchange of foreign coins

9 extra currencies for which we exchange foreign coins

Good news! We have added nine extra currencies to the list of currencies for which we exchange foreign coins. Here are the extra currencies for which you can now send in your foreign coins and get paid within 5 days of receipt ...

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exchange 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes

We have restarted the exchange of cancelled 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes

Today, 31 March 2017, was the last day to exchange 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes at the Reserve Bank of India branches in India. By the time when we publish this article, the branches have closed and 500 and 1000 rupee notes no longer have any monetary value. But that does not mean your old 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes are worthless. Starting from today, we restart the exchange of the cancelled ₹500 and₹1000 rupee notes...

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What could be the currency of an independent Scotland?

The Scottish Parliament will soon debate about whether to hold a second Scottish independence referendum or not. It's far from certain if the so-called 'Indyref2' will go ahead, and even less that the eventual outcome will be a vote for independence. But in the event of a Scottish 'Yes' vote, what could be the currency of an independent Scotland ...

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Where's George - Currency tracking

Where’s George? Currency tracking explained

We found George today. He left from Boulder, Colorado, on 2 March 2016 and it took him a little over a year to reach our office in London, UK. George is a $1 US dollar banknote, serial number K46666438C. You can track his journey on wheresgeorge.com. Welcome to the wonderful world of currency tracking...

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currency names word cloud

Currency names explained: History of money

Have you ever wondered where the world's major currencies got their names from? In case you have, here are the answers, explaining the origin of all currency names we exchange at Leftover Currency...

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AZ glossary scrabble letters

Introducing the Financial Jargon Buster

Are you having trouble understanding financial technical terms? We've created an A-Z Glossary to explain them in a simple, understandable way. Introducing the Leftover Currency financial jargon buster...

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Five reasons why banks and bureaux don't exchange foreign coins

5 Reasons why other Bureaux don’t exchange foreign coins

At Leftover Currency we accept foreign coins for exchange. You may have wondered why other bureaux de change are keen to exchange foreign banknotes, but won’t accept foreign coins. These five reasons explain why ...

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1000 mark Reichsbanknote 1910

What is the value of a 1000 Mark Reichsbanknote from 1910?

On several occasions customers have asked about the value of their 1000 Mark Reichsbanknote dated 21 April 1910, issued in Berlin. Is it exchangeable at all? And is it worth over £300 pounds? Let us explain ...

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