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Greece’s German-Built Money Hall Shows Unity, Divide on Euro

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A reminder of why the Greeks and Germans are lashed together in a common currency called the euro sits in a 19th century Athens mansion built by a German for a German.

The Greek capital’s Numismatic Museum traces the history of money from antiquity when Greece minted coins to today’s euro. Amid the exhibits is a 100 billion-drachma note from 1944. The bill was issued in the wake of the Nazi occupation when war and famine drove inflation to as high as 13,800 percent a month.