There’s no banking on these currencies any more, so on that note ...

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There’s no banking on these currencies any more, so on that note ...

An artist is bringing new value to discarded bolivar banknotes to ‘build the Venezuela I want in future’

Johnny Carvajal and Deisy Buitrago

Venezuelan artist and medical student Elianni Di Gregorio is using old bolivar notes as canvas for her paintings as she strives to give them new value after rampant hyper inflation and successive overhauls saw them discarded.

Di Gregorio, 24, decided to paint on thrown-away bolivar notes to restore some of the currency’s former glory.

Three monetary overhauls since 2008 have cut up to 14 zeros from the currency, pushing vast quantities of notes out of circulation. The most recent overhaul took place in October, when Venezuela’s central bank wiped six zeros from the bolivar...

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