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German banknotes falling apart in the hands

November 3 2006

In Germany there is a unique phenomenon: the summer of this year recorded cases where banknotes are divided into small pieces directly into their hands. Most of these incidents happened in Berlin, Potsdam and the surrounding regions, but reports of defective euro come from all over Germany.

The authorities first schitalai that this is a coincidence, but when in recent weeks have been found hundreds of such bills, the federal police of Berlin and Rhineland-Palatinate opened a formal investigation. Experts note that the banknotes are made of special paper, can have a similar defect, being treated with sulfuric acid.

Perhaps they are faced with a certain drug, for example, powder sulfate (sulphate), which is in contact with moisture turns into acid. This reagent can be, and just sweat on his hands. To date, most of the affected notes are notes denominated in EUR 50.

Found that all defective banknotes are legal in origin and produced in Germany. Situated in Frankfurt am Main European Central Bank has already expressed concern about the events, and began to conduct their own investigation, reports KORRESPONDENT .

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