Am 16.12.01, Thomas R. Wier yscrifef: > Quoting Padraic Brown <[log in to unmask]>: > > > As for the DM, I think it's one of the Yugoslavian countries > > that, essentially, uses it as their currency (kind of like > > Ecuador and the US$). > > Actually, the official currency of Ecuador *is* the US dollar. > Last year, they changed over from a 1-to-1 rate peg to full > dollarization. (Argentina's been thinking about doing the same > thing for a couple years.) As for the former Yugoslavia, my > impression is that they just have useless official currency, > and so most of nonbartered trade occurs in German Marks (or > to a lesser extent, US dollars). Ah, well. Not quite the same, then. Apparently I heard wrong. Even so, it will be interesting to see what happens to the euro as more countries start using it in this unofficial (or even in official) capacities. Padraic. -- Bethes gwaz vaz ha leal.