Do Euro bills "expire" like the old Deutsch Mark bills used to?

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    Jan 24, 2010 6:34 PM GMT
    I have some euro bills left over from a previous trip to Europe. I am wondering if they are still good. Do euro bills "expire"?

    When Deutsch Marks were still being used in Germany, I showed up with DMs from a previous trip and discovered that they had "expired" (or whatever they call it) and I was pfennig-less all weekend until a bank opened on Monday...I felt like the man with the million pound note in Mark Twain's story. So I dont want to show up this time with expired euros.
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    Jan 24, 2010 7:18 PM GMT
    No euros don't expire
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    Jan 24, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
    Nope, they are good until the formerly forecast inevitable collapse of the Euro.
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    Jan 24, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    Pinny saidNope, they are good until the formerly forecast inevitable collapse of the Euro.

    Please tell us about that. Have the British been uncharacteristically prescient after all by not abandoning the Pound Sterling?
  • EricLA

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    Jan 24, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    You can send them to me, I'm going to Germany in May.
  • drypin

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    Jan 24, 2010 7:36 PM GMT
    They are definitely no longer any good and you should send them to me. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 24, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    thank you guys. ....and you all be watching your mail for my expired euros to arrive. ... icon_wink.gif
  • DuggerPDX

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    Jan 24, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
    Be sure to call your credit card company and ATM card company and let them know you will be traveling out of the country. They will want the dates and the countries. If you don't, you risk having a hold put on your cards. I see you have an iPhone now, be sure to call AT&T and get a world traveler option added to your phone and an international data package, you can have it done for just a month, call to cancel when you return. Reset your stats before your leave on your iPhone so you can track your data usage. The international data package is done by the month, so if you buy a 25mb package and cancel after 15 days you are really only buying a 12.5mb package because it is prorated. If you don't get the international data package be sure to turn off your data roaming and only use wifi for data services.

    http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/international/roaming/iphone-travel-tips.jsp


    Also, keep the international phone numbers for your credit cards and copies of the front and back of your cards and passport handy in case you lose them.

    Register your trip with State Department, if you lose your passport it cuts days off the time needed to get a new one.

    https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/

    Europeans use a "chip&pin" (computer chip and PIN code instead of signature) style of credit card now instead of the mag stripe we use. You should be able to use your mag stripe card in most places. You might have issues at vending machines and train stations. If one machine doesn't take your card find another or go to the ticket booth and buy one from an attendant.

    Trust me, I work with a lot of world travelers and this advice has saved many a trip.

    -Doug


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    Jan 24, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    DuggerPDX saidBe sure to call your credit card company and ATM card company and let them know you will be traveling out of the country. They will want the dates and the countries. If you don't, you risk having a hold put on your cards. I see you have an iPhone now, be sure to call AT&T and get a world traveler option added to your phone and an international data package, you can have it done for just a month, call to cancel when you return. Reset your stats before your leave on your iPhone so you can track your data usage. The international data package is done by the month, so if you buy a 25mb package and cancel after 15 days you are really only buying a 12.5mb package because it is prorated. If you don't get the international data package be sure to turn off your data roaming and only use wifi for data services.

    http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/international/roaming/iphone-travel-tips.jsp


    Also, keep the international phone numbers for your credit cards and copies of the front and back of your cards and passport handy in case you lose them.

    Register your trip with State Department, if you lose your passport it cuts days off the time needed to get a new one.

    https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/

    Europeans use a "chip&pin" (computer chip and PIN code instead of signature) style of credit card now instead of the mag stripe we use. You should be able to use your mag stripe card in most places. You might have issues at vending machines and train stations. If one machine doesn't take your card find another or go to the ticket booth and buy one from an attendant.

    Trust me, I work with a lot of world travelers and this advice has saved many a trip.

    -Doug



    thanks for the advise. I called the cc company. They will only take one trip at a time! So on my layover back home I have to call again. That stinks.