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Belgian franc: not extinct yet!

25 shopkeepers in Tienen (Flemish Brabant) are allowing customers to pay in Belgian franc notes until the end of January.

The shopkeepers are only accepting bank notes, not coins.
The same offer was applied in the East Cantons (the German-speaking area in the east of Belgium), in the cities of Malmedy and Eupen, where it was a great success.

People who still have old Belgian franc notes can take them to the National Bank in Brussels to exchange them for euros. But many people seem to think it is too much of a hassle to change them.

For this reason, some shopkeepers are allowing people to pay with Belgian franc notes that were printed after 1944. The shopkeepers then take the Belgian francs to the National Bank and exchange them.

The Euro: the legal tender of 15 EU states

The Euro is the official currency of fifteen member states of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.  The Euro coins and notes were introduced on 1 January 2002.