Cash

Euro banknotes and coins are currently the only form of legal tender in Spain and other euro area countries.

The Banco de España offers a series of cash-related services, such as exchanging damaged and defective banknotesAbre en ventana nueva for others in good condition, Abre en ventana nuevachanging euro banknotes and coins for smaller denominationAbre en ventana nueva, and exchanging peseta banknotes Abre en ventana nuevafor the equivalent in euros.

Find out more about euro banknotes and coins in our 2017 Complaints Report (in Spanish)  (126 KB)

Although banknotes and coins can generally be used without restrictions in cash transactions, remember that:

  • It is a good idea to pay with banknotes of an appropriate value for your purchase, since high-denomination banknotes may be refused when paying small amounts. • 
  • Banks are obliged to withdraw apparently counterfeit banknotes from circulation and to identify the person they came from.
  • There is no obligation to accept more than 50 coins per payment, except when paying certain public sector bodies or institutions.
  • Cash deposited at banks should be available immediately. However, it is advisable to inform the bank in advance if you plan to deposit a large sum of money
  • If there is a disagreement about the exact amount of cash a customer has deposited, the cash receipt validated by the bank is the key document certifying the deposit. The electronic daily transactions listing and end-of-day cash count will also be checked.
  • The Banco de España will cease exchanging peseta banknotes and coins for euros on 31 December 2020.
  • Personal identification is necessary for transactions involving:
  • A cash deposit to open an account, pay for a banker’s draft or make a cash transfer.
  • Cash transactions for a value of €1000 or more, or a smaller amounts if the bank suspects possible money laundering or that a transaction is being divided up to avoid identification
  • A special declarationAbre en ventana nueva will be required when taking €10,000 or more in or out of the country, or when transporting €100,000 within the country.

Find out more from the Executive Service of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary OffencesAbre en ventana nueva (SEPBLAC)

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