Hamburg / Schwerin (dpa / mv) - Around 344,000 D-Marks were exchanged for euros in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania this year.
That was significantly less than in 2019, when around 651,000 DM were exchanged for 332,848.48 euros in the two Bundesbank branches in Rostock and Neubrandenburg.
This year there were 1862 exchanges after 3083 in the previous year.
The reason for the decrease in the exchange amount by 47 percent is not likely to be that the D-Mark holdings were running low among people 19 years after the introduction of euro cash, but due to Corona, as the spokesman for the Bundesbank's headquarters in Hamburg , Christian Hecker, explained to the German Press Agency.
«Our branches in Rostock and Neubrandenburg were closed for exchange transactions between March 18th and June 1st of this year.
Since December 16, 2020, the branches have again been closed to private customers until further notice. "
At the moment, the exchange of DM for Euro is only possible by post.
According to the Bundesbank, the old currency is still in circulation in the billions - at the end of November it was still 12.4 billion.
Of this amount, 5.79 billion DM was accounted for by banknotes and 6.61 billion DM by coins.
Unlike in many other euro countries, the old notes and coins can be exchanged for an unlimited period at the Bundesbank.
The exchange rate is unchanged: You get one euro for 1.95583 Deutschmarks.