Definitive goodbye to the peseta: a record collector, shops for nostalgia and a coin made art

“Look, the coins from when Mom was little,” explains a young woman to a boy of about 10 years old who looks with perplexity at a handful of duros and pesetas spread out on the counter. For him they are worthless pieces of metal, although his parents, at his age, surely would have thrown themselves, at least, on the 25 pesetas, top of the rope of thousands of spinning tops. But for the Spanish, to pay again with ‘blondes’ is to open a trunk of memories. Fernando Losada, owner of the Madrid stationery store that bears his surname, knows this well, one of the very few businesses that this week still allowed their customers to buy with the latest Spanish currency, in legal tender since October … See more .

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