The Venezuelan government has announced it will replace the country’s highest-denomination banknotes with coins within 72 hours. It hopes swapping the 100-bolivar notes will help to stop smuggling and tackle shortages of food and other items.
The 100-bolivar note has lost most of its value over the past few years and is now worth about 2 US cents (£0.015).
The government last published figures for inflation in December 2015, putting it at 180%, but the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that next year’s prices will rise by more than 2,000%.
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