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NYC Seeks to Unload Foreign Coins

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New York City is selling 500 pounds of foreign coins found stuck in the city's parking meters. It's not practical to exchange the coins, so the city is offering them to the highest bidder.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

New York City is selling 500 pounds of foreign coins. People stuck the coins from around the world into parking meters. Some, like Greek drachma, aren't even used in their home countries anymore, but they were used by people trying to avoid a ticket.

It is not practical to exchange all the coins so the city offered them to the highest bidder. The city has been collecting bids instead of holding a live auction so nobody has to pay for parking.

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