South Korean banknotes damaged after being heated up in a microwave. Photo: Bank of Korea via APSouth Korean banknotes damaged after being heated up in a microwave. Photo: Bank of Korea via AP
South Korean banknotes damaged after being heated up in a microwave. Photo: Bank of Korea via AP

Spike in damaged cash after South Koreans put money in ovens to rid it of coronavirus

  • The Bank of Korea said a total of 2.69 trillion won (US$2.25 trillion) worth of damaged notes and coins were destroyed in the first half of 2020
  • A person surnamed Um wanted to redeem at least 35.5 million won (US$30,000) in notes damaged after he had put them in the washing machine

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
South Korean banknotes damaged after being heated up in a microwave. Photo: Bank of Korea via APSouth Korean banknotes damaged after being heated up in a microwave. Photo: Bank of Korea via AP
South Korean banknotes damaged after being heated up in a microwave. Photo: Bank of Korea via AP
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