Notes from the Past

Won't Take Their Own Money

A circular received from a German stamp dealer carries instructions in regard to remittances, "Owing to the monetary restrictions in Germany, no Marks will be accepted, therefore please remit in your currency cash in advance, or send certified check or postal money order."

I understand that some other countries -- Italy, I believe, is one -- also have a repugnance toward receiving their own currency in payment for merchandise of their own manufacture, postage stamps included.  These countries also restrict the export outside their borders of any foreign currency or value once they are able to get their lunch hooks on it.  What kind of stuff is it they use for money that when it gets outside they won't take it back?  It's a peculiar situation that stamp collectors should consider when they are contemplating ordering the pretty chromos in long sets turned out with such frequent regularity.

- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
October 23, 1937
Posted November 15, 1999  

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