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Mainz / Frankfurt (dpa / lrs) - In the branches of the Bundesbank in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, large sums of D-Mark have been exchanged for euros again this year.

By the end of November, notes and coins worth a good 10.8 million D-Marks had been exchanged, as the Bundesbank in Frankfurt announced on request.

The total was slightly higher than a year earlier (10.4 million D-Marks).

The euro replaced the national currency on January 1, 2002.

Again and again, however, consumers discover old D-Mark stocks by chance: hidden in drawers, in the basement, in books or even buried in the garden.

In contrast to the central banks in many other euro countries, the Bundesbank exchanges old bills and coins indefinitely - including in its branches in Koblenz, Mainz, Ludwigshafen and Saarbr├╝cken.

The main administration in Mainz is responsible for all D-Mark holdings submitted by post.

The exchange rate set for the euro changeover remains unchanged: You get one euro for 1.95583 D-Marks.

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There are still D-Mark stocks in circulation in the billions: at the end of November 2020, according to the Bundesbank, notes and coins with a total value of 12.4 billion marks (6.34 billion euros) had not yet been exchanged.

The monetary authorities expect that part of it will never be returned - among other things because collectors have secured old notes and coins.

Bundesbank on the D-Mark in circulation