Check under your cushions, urges Chilean central bank

Pandemic has led to shortage of coins in circulation, causing problems for retailers

Central Bank of Chile
Central Bank of Chile
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The Central Bank of Chile is urging citizens to ferret out any spare change they may have lying around amid a national shortage of coins.

In a series of recent Twitter posts, the central bank warned that “Covid-19 had affected the circulation of cash” and hurt small retail vendors. Employing the hashtag #usatusmonedas (“use your coins”), officials pressed Chileans to spend coins or take them to banks.

The pandemic led many consumers throughout the world to switch to electronic payments for

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