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Gift bills

Fungible, frangible, and fancy!
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These gift versions of standard denominations would be sold by banks for use as gifts. They would be fancy. They would cost a small premium (for example a $100 bill would cost $102). Probably this would not be doable in countries where their bills already sport sequined and sparkly stars, but such a thing is still a novelty in the US.

One could receive such a gift bill in change under some circumstances. But these would be large bills and so probably returned to the bank by most merchants. Once at the bank they would not recirculate but be destroyed.

This would be a good deal for the government because some of these bills would not be spent but would be saved. It would be a better gift than gift cards which are difficult to exhaust completely without spending some of your own money.

bungston, May 25 2013

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FlyingToaster, May 25 2013

       This is, if I may say so, a brilliant idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 25 2013

       Suspect this would work to sell off collateralized debt bonds/the Euro, given a thick enough layer of glitter over the identifying bits.   

       Or those Laos Kip banknotes I'm never, ever going to be able to change.
not_morrison_rm, May 26 2013


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