We have always planned to bring currency back from one trip to have for the next trip. However, during this last trip, we ran into two situations where OLD currency notes weren't accepted.
In Switzerland, we were gives 10CHF notes in change, but when we tried to use them, found that they are considered old and not to be in circulation. The new 10 chf notes have a transparent cross in the corner. I believe one could exchange them at a national bank in Zurich or Bern [??], but what a hassle.
At the Duty-Free shop in Heathrow, my husband had GBP from a trip 3-4 years back. The store wouldn't take the 10GBP note, also stating that it had been replaced. Again, we were told we could exchange it at a national bank, which obviously was impossible during a layover. The other option was taking a loss at the Travelex at the airport.
We now have an opportunity to buy Euros from a friend who used to live in Italy. Does anyone have up-to-date info regarding any Euro notes being replaced in the near future? We always thought it was good practice to bring extra currency home.
Thanks for any info!