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French Monopoly's 80th Anniversary Edition Has Real Money Planted in Some Boxes

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Feb 2015 06:58 AM

For Monopoly's 80th anniversary in France, the game's maker has put a bit of real money in some boxes of the iconic games, and in one box all the game's fake money is replaced with real euros.

According to The Local, Hasbro France announced that 10 sets will contain five real €20 notes ($22.70), two €50 notes ($56.74) and one €100 note ($113.48), with 69 sets containing lesser prizes of five €10 notes ($11.35) and five €20 notes ($22.70).

One game will have all of its fake money replaced with €20,580 or $23,268.

"We wanted to do something unique," said Hasbro France brand manager Florence Gaillard. "When we asked our French customers, they told us they wanted to find real money in their Monopoly boxes. First of all, it wasn't easy to get the notes. They had to be escorted discretely."

The euro notes weigh slightly more than the Monopoly money, but the difference is so small customers would have to arrive at stores with precision scales and weigh each game to tell the difference, Patrice Wimmer, a bailiff who helped Hasbro France secure the euros for the special edition games, told The Guardian.

Monopoly was created in the United States after the Great Depression with the object of
buying property around the board of varying quality, then build houses and hotels and be the last person standing with money.

"The rules are simple, everyone knows them, anyone can play," said Gaillard in explaining the game's popularity over the years. Monopoly has now expanded to 111 countries and has been translated into 43 languages, noted The Guardian.

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For Monopoly's 80th anniversary in France, the game's maker has put a bit of real money in some boxes of the iconic games, and in one box all the game's fake money is replaced with real euros.
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