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Can even €50 notes be problematic in certain countries?

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:15 am
by goldeneye
It is well known that notes of :note-100: and higher are problematic in many countries. I am wondering if even the :note-50: can be problematic, since I am headed to the Baltics, and the :note-50: is actually of higher value than the highest note (former EEK 500) replaced in Estonia, and I heard that note wasn't common at all even then to be seen in circulation.

Has anyone actually ran into issues with :note-50: notes for it being "too large" to break, especially lately?

Re: Can even €50 notes be problematic in certain countries?

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:12 pm
by Montgomery Burns
The ATM is a good barometer for this - are fifties common at the ATM wherever you are? If so, then the fifty shouldn't really raise an eyebrow. Over here, they're the exception, not the rule at the machines. Whenever you pay with one, they're likely to get tested with that magic marker many cashiers have.

Having said all that, I'd say always try to be reasonable. Paying a very small expense with a fifty may summon suspicions or simply more or less veiled discontent :lol: also, trying to exchange a fifty (or higher) for smaller notes may definitely raise suspicions. It is Europe's most counterfeited denomination, after all. I only try to exchange smaller for bigger, usually when paying an expense. Like, "oh by the way, would you like some extra fivers? I was surprised by this ATM which gave me so many..." :)

Enjoy!

Re: Can even €50 notes be problematic in certain countries?

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:30 pm
by siriusLT
:note-50: is very common in Baltic countries. It is one of the most common denomination in ATMs - seen them in Estonia, Latvia and of course in Lithuania. I didn't have any issues using :note-50: and :note-100: in Estonia. Baltic countries are step forward in IT hence markers are very rare in here (at least in Lithuania), and most of the shops use the counterfeit detectors like EC350 EURO.
Most of the banks in here have even better detectors like euro banknote counter BT7100.
In Lithuania even :note-500: is quite often in supermarkets and the cashiers are not surprised by them at all.

Re: Can even €50 notes be problematic in certain countries?

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:27 pm
by Xerxes84
€50 is very common in Ireland. I have entered more :note-50: than :note-10: and :note-5:. Many times when you go to the ATM it'll only have :note-50: to dispense. You can't get :note-5: out of ATMs here and you would struggle to find an ATM that will give you :note-10:.

:note-100: :note-200: :note-500: would be treated with suspicion here. When we used the punt before the euro we did have a £100 note but I only ever saw one once. You very rarely see notes over :note-50: here.

Re: Can even €50 notes be problematic in certain countries?

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:03 am
by Montgomery Burns
Xerxes84 wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:27 pm
€50 is very common in Ireland.
Yes, so it would seem...
Montgomery Burns wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:05 pm
Things are tough in Ireland. Real tough...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00umb7Cdgdk

Re: Can even €50 notes be problematic in certain countries?

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:35 pm
by Xerxes84
Montgomery Burns wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:03 am
Xerxes84 wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:27 pm
€50 is very common in Ireland.
Yes, so it would seem...
Montgomery Burns wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:05 pm
Things are tough in Ireland. Real tough...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00umb7Cdgdk
I remember that :D