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Chilean Peso Question  
User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

One of my bosses at the University of Arizona today gave me a 2000 Peso note from Chile that has been floating around since the beginning of the week. It looks like an actual note, but we don't know if it is real or not. It feels like it is made of plastic, not paper. I can easily rip an American dollar, but not this bill.

Here is a picture of an actual bill:



Here is the one I have:

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This bill has all the correct markings but on the left side below the serial number and above the diamond, the shape has been scratched off and now there is just clear plastic. The stamp with the number 2000 is there. The triangle on the right side below the serial number is the same way.

It's value is only $3.78 US, which really isn't important, we just want to know. Are Chilean bills paper or plastic?

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

Google is your friend.  Wink

Chile has been migrating to a "polymer plastic" bank note:

http://www.tomchao.com/pp5.html



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4313 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

Chilean currency is paper, except for the bill you are mentioning. It is made of, in fact, plastic (well a kind of plastic I forgot the name for).

Similar bills as far as I know have been printed in Brazil and Australia.



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User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1060 times:

That 2000CLP note is real.

As Derico said, the only chilean note made of that plastic material is the $2000 one. Notes of 1000, 5000, 10000 and 20000 are made of paper.


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
Google is your friend.

I did a search, but obviously came up with nothing.  Sad

Quoting Derico (Reply 2):
Chilean currency is paper, except for the bill you are mentioning. It is made of, in fact, plastic (well a kind of plastic I forgot the name for).



Quoting Derico (Reply 2):
That 2000CLP note is real.

Thanks for the help guys. Now what to do with $3.78?


User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
a "polymer plastic" bank note:

Which is not that unusual. Mexico has two different types of bills ( 20 and 50 pesos which is around 2 and 5 usd to give you an idea) that are this way. I think Singapore uses it as well. It's getting pretty common among the world as they last much longer.

In Mexico they decided to use this type of notes as the 20 and 50 bill are the most used for common transactions so they were the first to get in a bad shape really fast. So this now is suppose to be unbreakable (except with scissors of course) and waterproof.



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User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7334 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 2):
Similar bills as far as I know have been printed in Brazil and Australia.

Actually if I remember correctly. Australian Polymer notes are/were made in Chile at the same Mint as the Chilean currency. New Zealand also has polymer notes, and they are much better and more long lasting, and harder to forge due to the clear windows, texture and the holographic sections.


User currently offlineS.p.a.s. From Liechtenstein, joined Mar 2001, 967 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 957 times:

Funny enough, people are not very happy with them in Brazil and the plan to make other face values using the same material were dropped. The R$ 10,00 bill was introduced during the 500 years anniversary of Brazil (seven years ago).

I heard thah bank people (cashiers mainly) don't like them as they are somehow "slippery" and hard to count quickly.

Brgds

RS



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