The number of bills and coins discarded due to severe damage shrank by 14.1 percent on-year in the first half amid an increasing prevalence of non-cash transactions, data showed.
A total of 191.66 million damaged bills and coins were discarded in the January-June period, compared with 223.10 million tallied in the same period a year earlier, according to the data from the Bank of Korea.
The decline stemmed from less use of cash in transactions and increased dependence on credit cards and other non-cash methods.
Cash has also been used less during the pandemic as people tend to prefer non-contact services at home.
The central bank disposed of 169.43 million bills in the first half, with 10,000-won ($7.60) bills accounting for 54.9 percent. (Yonhap)
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