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Euro, Meet Urstromtaler

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Posted on Feb 6, 2007
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Regional currencies like the Urstromtaler have been springing up around Germany. Advocates hope that the alternate currencies will help to stimulate sagging local economies, support small businesses and encourage a sense of community.

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Like any other city in Germany, the normal currency here is the euro. But bizarrely, they also have another currency in circulation: the Urstromtaler.

Before you doubt its existence, it is not “Monopoly” money - it is very real. At a jewellery shop in the city centre, Gerfried Kliems explained how people use the regional currency.

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