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I just received a bag full of old European currency that my grandfather had sitting in his attic for years. Obviously, he had forgotten it was there for quite a while! Anyway, I've been researching to see if there is anything I can do with this old money.

I have old currency from Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Monaco, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Some of these are small (just a few coins) but others are quite substantial.

I have several questions about what to do with this old money. I've done a little research on the internet, and it looks like I can still trade my paper Francs into Euro at the National Bank when I travel to France this summer. Are the coins completely worthless? Would anyone still buy these?

Other than France, I don't know if I am going to be anywhere else in Europe this summer. Do you think it would be possible to trade these in at an airport currency exchange booth, or would I have to go to each countries respective bank? I have bills from other countries that are not on the Euro, and I plan to bring those to the airport to change, but wasn't sure about the expired ones.

Any other ideas about what to do with this old money? I've thought about donating some of the worthless coins to a school (or to anyone else with an interest) but I would like to at least try to get some of the value back of the larger sums.

Thanks for your help.

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