I have five 100 US$ notes, 2008 series. Can I change them to UK currency in the UK?

They are in perfect condition.

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    Is there a specific reason you think you won't be able to change them? – drat Jan 4 '18 at 8:02
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    There is a general opinion (and backed in real-life experience) that exchange booths outside the US will not accept older notes (because of fraud/counterfeit notes risk). The OP's question is in my opinion, how old can they be to be safely/easily exchanged. – Edmund Dantes Jan 4 '18 at 8:43
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    @drat money exchanges in some countries require USD currency notes to be "not older than 20XX". Such exchanges either refuse to exchange the notes or give you a really bad exchange rate e.g. GCC countries. – Newton Jan 4 '18 at 12:48
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    Moo is talking about the UK only. I was clarifying to @drat that in some countries you cannot exchange older notes. For example in Oman you cannot exchange USD older than 2003. – Newton Jan 4 '18 at 14:01
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    There is no 2008 series USD$100 note, so you are either mistaken about what they are or they are fake. Do they say "Series 2008" on them? Or something else? – J... Jan 4 '18 at 15:41

Yes you can.

Unlike other countries, including the UK, US banknotes are never "withdrawn" and remain legal currency across the world however old they are (but you wouldn't want to spend the older ones as they are worth more than their face value as collectors items).

In the UK you can exchange them at most high street banks (NatWest, HSBC, Lloyds etc), any Post Office with a Foreign Currency desk, many travel agents (Thomas Cook etc), Marks and Spencer stores and high street bureau de change (currency exchange).

You may be charged an exchange fee, and you should shop around for the best rates.

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  • Fwiw, all UK notes also remain legal currency, going back to 1694. They can simply be exchanged for notes in circulation at the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street during normal working hours, or by post. – Dannie Jan 5 '18 at 10:14
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    @user6697063 The Bank of England will exchange them for current notes (presuming, of course, that they can verify their authenticity), but this should carefully not to be confused with the concept of "legal tender". High street banks, shops, or any other persons are not required to accept historical or withdrawn notes as payment. Most surviving historical notes, however, would likely command much higher prices as rare antiques and, so, a degree of suspicion as regards their authenticity would be expected should you simply decide to exchange them for current banknotes. – J... Jan 5 '18 at 12:01
  • @J...dont confuse the concept of "legal tender" and "legal currency", they are two different things. A note can be one and not the other. :) – Moo Jan 5 '18 at 17:33
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    @user6697063 I don't think there's anything wrong with calling it "legal currency" - I don't think it's a proper term or anything, but the idea being that the BoE will still honour the notes is correct. Just wanted to make clear that the BoE honouring them doesn't mean that anyone else needs to. – J... Jan 8 '18 at 19:31

I've just been refused exchange of the new $100 bills at Tui, Post office and other places.

The staff uses following arguments:

  • The amount is too big.

  • It's the most forged note in the world.

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    What is Tui? A place? – Joren Vandamme Dec 27 '19 at 12:41
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    Tui is one of the biggest travel agent chains in the UK. – Peter Green Dec 27 '19 at 13:23
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    Not sure why this is downvoted. Do people think it is dishonest? If not, it seems to be a valuable account of someone's actual experience having difficulty changing US $100 notes for reasons other than the age of the note or its design. I've upvoted it. – phoog Dec 27 '19 at 14:02
  • Since US dollars are the most forged currency in the world, and $100 notes are too big to resell, it seems the employees are not ignorant at all. Insulting them gets you downvotes. – gnasher729 Dec 27 '19 at 15:40
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    @JorenVandamme regarding your proposed edit, please see my previous comment. – phoog Dec 27 '19 at 15:46

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