A €1000 Banknote?

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Cheeky exchange: Man passes fake 1,000 euro note - complete with naked women - at bureau de change in Czech Republic

As if the nudity wasn't enough to convince the cashier in Rumburk of the banknote's dubious legal tender, there isn't a 1,000 euro banknote anyway.

By GRAHAM SMITH
PUBLISHED: 15:49 GMT, 13 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:57 GMT, 13 July 2012

It takes all sorts, or so the saying goes, but it seems incredible that anyone would even try to get away with a fraud as unlikely as this.

But one foolhardy man walked into a bureau de chance in the Czech town of Rumburk and asked how much money in Czech korunas he would get for a 1,000 euro banknote.

The cashier told him it was worth 24,000 korunas (943 euros / £740) and the exchange was made.

Sounds straightforward, but the euro 'banknote' in question was covered in pictures of naked women and one of its '€' logos spelled out '€ros', the Greek god of love.

The stars on the EU flag had even been replaced by love hearts.

As if that wasn't enough to convince the cashier of its somewhat dubious legal tender, there isn't even a 1,000 euro banknote anyway.

The unfortunate cashier only found out his mistake when he took a load of currency into his local bank and was informed of the note's comedy origin.

The bank notified the authorities and the perpetrator was arrested and is now facing up to two years in prison on fraud charges.

Source: Daily Mail

(Check the link to see the image of the porn banknote. I don't think this is an appropriate place to post it.. ;D)
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.

Figleaf

I am reminded of the two Scandinavians who changed a million Marks inflation note in the US. And of my foolhardy attempts to change a few Dutch guilder notes in the US.

Seriously, there is a loose leaf book (produced by Keesing) showing all banknotes in circulation with security features. It should be available to all bank tellers as a standard security measure.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

chrisild

Those have been around for roughly 10 years. There are 300, 600 and 1000 eros "notes" ...

http://www.philamunt.de/upload/Webshop/Biljetten/Reclamebiljetten/300-eros-0.gif
http://www.philamunt.de/upload/Webshop/Biljetten/Reclamebiljetten/600-eros-0.gif
http://www.philamunt.de/upload/Webshop/Biljetten/Reclamebiljetten/1000-eros-0.gif

... and there are quite a few varieties. But keep in mind that, over here, even making those without the consent of the ECB would be against the law. Some German sellers did, in early/mid 2002, get not-so-friendly letters from the Bundesbank. And in 2005 a woman in the city where I live had paid with a "300 eros" thing. Due to the circumstances, the court decided to let her go with a fine of €500. Real money this time. ;)

Christian