Currency for which the exchange deadline has expired no longer has a monetary value. So-called ‘demonetised‘ banknotes and coins have no value except for the raw materials they are made off, and a possible collector value to . A banknote or coin’s collector value is determined by its condition, rarity and popularity among collectors.
At Leftover Currency we continue to exchange a number of currencies for which the exchange deadline has expired. Although we pay less than the old face value, we are still able to pay a fair amount for old demonetised currencies such as the Cypriot Pound, French Franc, Italian Lira, Greek Drachma or Maltese Pound.
Peruvian Intis were the currency of Peru between 1985 and 1991. The Inti was named after the Incan sun god and was introduced in 1985, replacing the Sol (sun) at a rate of 1000 soles to 1 inti.
The Sol had lost a lot of value because of high inflation in Peru. By dropping three zeroes and renaming the national currency, the Peruvian government hoped to normalise the monetary situation.
In 1985, the Banco Central de Reserva del Perú introduced banknotes in denominations of 10, 50, 100 and 500 intis. Peruvian coins in 1985 were 0.01, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.50, 1 and 5 intis. Peru’s new government led by Alan García saw good results at first, but it wasn’t long until inflation would come back with a vengeance.
There are a number of theories about why the banknotes of 200 and 500 DDR-marks were never issued. A popular theory is that the value of the banknotes was deemed too high, and that introducing them might have caused inflation.
Another theory is that the banknotes were printed only to be issued in case of war with the West. This is similar to the $4 Billion cash the American Federal Reserve stored in a the Culpeper cold war bunker near Mount Pony, Virginia.