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Beijing Issues Olympics Commemorative Currency Notes

World Journal, Posted: Jul 11, 2008

BEIJING Six million 10 Yuan (about 1.5 USD), commemorative Olympics bills were sold at banks Tuesday and Wednesday this week. On the black market and the Internet they sold for as much as 5,000 Yuan (about 730 USD) , the World Journal reports. Usual 10 Yuan bills have a photo of Chinas former Chairman, Mao Zedong. The commemorative bills replace Mao with the Beijing Olympics main auditorium, called the Birds Nest. In big cities like Beijing and Guangzhou, people waited in front of banks overnight, and in some places fights broke out. All the bills sold out within 20 minutes of the doors opening.



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