Take a close look at these two bills and guess which one has more value in Congo.
Have you picked one? OK. It’s the 100 Congo Francs, which by the way, is worth about 11 US cents. Is the $50 a fake, you may ask? No. In the US, it is worth $50. Here in Congo and Uganda, it is worth nothing because no one, no bank, will take it as it is dated 1996. Neither country will accept American dollar bills unless the bill is in near-perfect shape, and dated 2001 or newer. Surprisingly, their own money is still accepted, even when it looks like it has been used to clean the floor, then placed on a dirt road and run over by several trucks, leaving it torn, dirty, and taped together. It’s one of those small things that Americans living in Congo forget to mention to visitors coming out. My poor $50 bill has been rendered worthless by the powers of Congo.