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  1. Tabbs can probably attest to this also but here in Germany very few places take credit cards. Some take the EC or Maestro but credit is rare. I have to walk around with a pimp wad when I want to buy things along with the 3 kilos of change in my pocket... at least the Dutch and Fins have done away with 1 and 2 euro cent coins... I used to live on my bank card in North and South America. Not so much in Europe. Cash will always be around. There is too much of a black market that is in need of cash to do business. Besides, No one wants to put a piece of plastic in a G-string, so-to-speak. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, I do this to annoy people
  2. Welcome! Avoid the place in Rice Village at all costs. Ripoff central in my humble but always correct opinion. There was a good place off of the far western edge of Westheimer, at least I always got good prices buying and selling but haven't been back to that shop in a while not sure if it is still there. Also used to be a good shop in Clear Lake but it moved and I don't know where. The shows are usually nice. Enjoy the forum. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Actions speak louder than Bumperstickers
  3. In a "perfect" online world that would work, but all they have to do is reregister under another free email address. I've traced the IPs on three non-paying bidders, all under different eBay callsigns and they were the same IPs. Not an accident I think. eBay could make it tougher to register by only accepting pay for use emails or at least blocking out yahoo, hotmail etc. I know plenty of other services that do that and it works wonders. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, I'm Capt-AWACS and I approved this message
  4. The rest will continue to be shipped to Ecuador, Panama, and El Salvador where they are used in day to day transactions. Especially Ecuador where they are used much more often than paper US Dollars. The Banco de Ecuador just ordered US$10.000.000 more. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Delightfully Tacky, Yet Unrefined-Hooters Deutschland
  5. plugged it into my GPS and it is there of course they were closed at the time LOL I will head back over in a few days plus it gives me an excuss to go drink. Thanks for the info. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, NATO-because someone has to drink wine at noon
  6. awesome! I will go pick one up! I won't , make you do it I hear good things about Dresden. I must make it over some time soon. Thanks for giving me the craniums up. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, NATO- Not after ten o'clock
  7. Back in the states I know several places that give them out. It is a bit gimmicky but there is a bar in OKC that has an $8 cover and always gives out US$2s in change. A scrap metal dealer in Houston advertises on TV they always "pay you in two dollar bills". I bet on the ponies often and use them all the time. Just depends on where you go. They were very popular on some western train routes as the laborers got paid a wage of two dollars a day for working, and usually were paid in two dollar bills. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Texas-It's bigger than France
  8. Do those circulate? I never find any Euros like that. I was happy when I found an Irish 1 Euro in Maastricht saturday LOL I must not be looking hard enough. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Fear the Vespas
  9. THanks I will probably drive over to Cologne mittwoch and check it out, thanks for the info. Ciao, and Hook 'em`Horns, Capt-AWACS, Future Houston Mayor
  10. Are there any shops around Aachen? Or do I have to drive to Koln or Bonn to find one? I have yet to see a shop in Germany, but I have found some in The Netherlands. I would like to pick some of those up. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, You must follow the procedure
  11. I've been to all of those places and only seen big US bills in circulation, but if the US went to the two as the lowest it would circulate. I don't see missing the dollar as a problem. If the US went to the five as lowest it would circulate. Never underestimate the ability of the market to adapt. All many countries have to do is peg their currency to the dollar and half the problem is solved. See Belize or the Bahamas for example. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, All redheads are nuts
  12. In other countries that use US currency for legal tender (like Ecuador, Panama, and El Salvador) they use the SACs as their single denomination of choice (especially Ecuador)-- so I think the world would except it. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Mind the Gap
  13. nice stuff Vfox! The "monster" comments are funny too. I dropped a set once and it popped open so I just spent the coins. I am sure there are more out there. Sadly I had some coins stolen and I think they were just popped open and spent. I've gotten several "proof-like" coins in change before (and unc years where they were only issued in mint sets) and they must come from busted sets or thieves.???? Keep the pics coming Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Fat kids are harder to kidnap
  14. No that would make to much cents [sic] and save money. Americans are not known for making sense with money, especially when political interests get involved. But in the end it will be status quo. What a shame. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Fat kids are harder to kidnap
  15. Found a 1960 D US Dime in the parking lot of a 7-11 store outside the DFW airport yesterday More silver... Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Fat kids are harder to kidnap
  16. Cool, I tipped one or two near the Galleria mainly at some Greek places where my friend belly-dances on Tues/Fri night. Usually when I spend them folks keep them or take them out of the cash drawer at once. I can get them for about $1.15 a piece at a place in Oklahoma so it is worth the 15cent markup to see the looks on peoples faces. Europeans love them. Funny thing is I never want to spend wheat cents but love spending Ikes. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, If you smack a kid with a bottle of "No more tears" Shampoo does that make Irony
  17. Hmm, In Houston? I had spent two rolls of Ikes in the States, and in Houston (during the floods) I probably spent 12-15 around town, mainly downtown Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Paris, the Beirut of Europe
  18. I have some but I am not a big fan (though I love paper currency collecting). Mostly in lot purchases here in Europe. I guess I should sell it all here LOL Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Veni, Vidi, Bibi
  19. Got a 1949 (p) US 1c "Wheat penny" in change at the Cologne-Bonn airport!!! XF ish condition. Not as good as my silver a few weeks ago but fun none-the-less. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, I'm your huckleberry
  20. Yes that is France. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Dutch RVs and German Autobahns don't mix
  21. http://www.moneyfactory.gov/newmoney/main....eleases06292006 THE U.S. TREASURY, FEDERAL RESERVE AND U.S. SECRET SERVICE ANNOUNCE THE REDESIGN OF THE $5 NOTE WASHINGTON – June 29, 2006 - The U.S. government announced today that it plans to redesign the $5 note as part of ongoing security enhancements to U.S. currency. Officials said redesigning the $5 note will help update and protect U.S. currency. “The $5 note is widely used in a variety of vending, transit farecard and self-service machines,” said Bureau of Engraving and Printing Director Larry Felix. “We have already begun working with the manufacturers of those cash-handling machines and their customers, so they have ample time to adjust their equipment to accept the redesigned $5 note when it enters circulation.” The latest series of U.S. currency began with the introduction of the $20 note in 2003, and continued with the $50 note in 2004 and the $10 note in 2006. The redesigned $5 note is expected to be issued in early 2008 with the $100 note to follow. Overall, counterfeiting of U.S. currency remains at low levels – due primarily to a combination of improvements in the notes’ security features, aggressive law enforcement and education efforts to inform the public about how to verify their currency. Statistics continue to indicate that the amount of counterfeit U.S. currency worldwide is less than one percent of genuine U.S. currency in circulation. “The U.S. government keeps a close eye on evolving counterfeiting trends and redesigns the currency to protect the public’s hard earned money and to stay ahead of counterfeiters,” said Michael Lambert, Assistant Director of Federal Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems. “The newly designed $5 note will be safer and provides the public with easy-to-use security features to help them identify counterfeit notes.” He noted the government’s policy is to introduce new currency designs about every seven to 10 years to leverage advances in security technology and stay ahead of evolving counterfeiting methods. The government’s ongoing scrutiny of counterfeiting techniques has detected a pattern in which counterfeiters bleach the ink off of $5 notes, then print counterfeit $100 notes on the paper, deceiving the public because of similarities between the placement of the security features on the $5 and $100 notes. While these counterfeit attempts pose no significant economic problems today, officials say a redesign of the $5 will help ensure such problems do not develop in the future. “Through our investigations and law enforcement partnerships worldwide, we are constantly evaluating and combating trends that could potentially impact the security of our currency,” said Deputy Assistant Director Michael P. Merritt, U.S. Secret Service. “Aggressive law enforcement, an effective design, and public education are all essential components of our concerted anti-counterfeiting efforts.” The most effective way the public can protect themselves from counterfeit currency is to know the security features to look for in authentic U.S. currency. To that end, part of the government’s ongoing currency redesign effort is a worldwide public education program to raise awareness of the changes to U.S. currency. An array of free educational materials for previously released redesigned currency including posters, “take one” cards, training videos and CD-ROMs are available to businesses, financial institutions, trade and professional associations, citizen groups and individuals to prepare cash handlers and consumers to recognize the new design and protect against counterfeits. Materials are available in 24 languages to order or download on-line at www.moneyfactory.gov/newmoney. Soon, similar materials will be available for the redesigned $5 note and all future denominations of redesigned U.S. currency. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Hermano bebe, que la vida es breve
  22. Heard on ITV that the US BEP decided to redesing the Fiver as well. Still looking for a print link. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACSm Watching you from 30,000 feet
  23. I moved to London when I was almost 3, then Rio de Janeiro at 5-6 then Maracaibo, Venezuela at 8, so by the age of Ten I had a decent collection going just from what my parents had saved, not to mention all of my fathers travels at that time. Then all my travels in college got me saving more and more world currency, along with working in a coin shop from the age of 12-14--that got me hooked on US Nationals! I sold about 200 notes in college, and the early 2000s for some extra cash (sad about it now I guess), so I am in a rebuilding stage also, not to mention the stuff I had stolen during a burglary in 1999 Now all of my traveling keeps me collecting, though not as much as I used to. The passion isn't gone but the time is I like all the stories. Good stuff! Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Sarcasm, Just another service I offer
  24. I got the entire lot of 16 from the drawer. She said someone had come in and "paid with those" and she wanted to get rid of them. Bingo! Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, More Cowbell Please
  25. I s#!t you not, I just got $8USD worth of 64-69 JFK Halves in change, from a cash drawer at a Viet Pho noodle place in Houston. I paid in cash and when the drawer opened I saw a whole till area full of halves and said I would take some in change. Turns out they were all Silver!!!! What a great day. I used to get some now and then when I worked in a grocery store during my undergrad college years, but 16 coins is my biggest circ find yet. Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns, Capt-AWACS, Watching you from 30,000 feet (for the government...)
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