Damage to banknotes
is directly related to their handling, as well as to other aspects related to the environment in which they are used, such as humidity.
Banknotes are made so that they can be safely used for a definite
period, known as their lifespan. However, the lifespans of many banknotes are reduced by bad handling.
Below are some
simple tips to help extend banknote lifespan:
crumple them unnecessarily
write, place stamps or draw on them
expose them to humidity or fire
banknote is torn, repair it with adhesive tape and deposit it in the nearest
banknotes are withdrawn from circulation following the guidelines set forth
by the Banco Central de Costa Rica, because damaged banknotes are difficult
to identify and handle.
It is important to keep in mind that damaged
banknotes can be changed if:
authenticity can be verified
denomination can be verified
and back sides are preserved.
Below are the
criteria set forth by the Banco Central de Costa
Rica for changing damaged banknotes:
banknote has all its parts, it should be possible to change it.
segment of the banknote is missing, a complete segment with at least 60% of
the new dimension of the banknote must be preserved for the banknote to be
banknote is missing an area of less than 12 sq cm,
it may be changed.
missing area is over 12 sq cm, the banknote may be
changed if it has a complete segment of at least 60% of its original size.
repaired banknote is complete, it may be changed.
segment is missing, it may be changed according to the rules defined for
cases of mutilated banknotes.
must be decontaminated before they are presented to be changed.
Below are the
details for each of the categories
of damaged banknotes and their characteristics: