Money Exchange in Tanzania

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Arusha, Tanzania
Money Exchange in Tanzania - 1999 $100 bill (series made from 1996-2006)
Money Exchange in Tanzania - 2009 $100 bill (series made from 2009 to present)
Money Exchange in Tanzania - 2001 $100 bill (series made from 1996-2006)
Money Exchange in Tanzania - 1990 $100 bill (series made from 1928-1995)

Money Exchange in Tanzania Arusha Reviews

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Know Your Benjamins Sep 10, 2011
While in Tanzania in 2011, I discovered some strange attitude towards $100 US bills featuring Benjamin Franklin. For some reason nobody would accept any bills made before the year 2000, even though a 1999 was indistinguishable from a 2001 series bill. They are examined with scrutiny for the date and almost everyone checks them. The advice I might give is only bring the newer series bills today, those made from 2009 to present and they may not even accept those made prior to that now. Definitely do not bring any pre-1996 $100 bills, which are still in circulation. This advice might be generally wise for traveling anywhere these days, when you must carry US cash for exchange. Word of advice - Know Your Benjamins...
1990 $100 bill (series made from 1…
1999 $100 bill (series made from 1…
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spocklogic says:
I suppose it's possible that certain years have more counterfeit bills floating around, so people stop accepting older bills just to be on the safe side. This seems a recent phenomena (declining bills before a certain year) and I never encountered such problems in all my past travels before meeting this curiosity in Tanzania.
Posted on: Jan 05, 2016
Kathmandu1 says:
Same case experienced during my last visit to Taipei. We were suggested by Taiwan bank that they do not accept bills made before 2003.
Posted on: Jan 05, 2016
spocklogic says:
Counterfeit currency has been a problem ever since I can remember, especially with the $100 bill. Remarkable a major redesign did not occur until 1995. The Tanzanian situation is especially odd because the bills are virtually identical for 1996-2006, but 2000 seemed to be some arbitrary cutoff for acceptable year.
Posted on: Jan 04, 2016
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