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DEFINITION of 'Eurocheck'

An alternative to the traveler's check, the Eurocheck was issued by a European bank and available in a number of currencies. Eurochecks could be issued in a number of currencies and could be cashed at over 200,000 banks around the world displaying the "European Union" crest. Also known as "Eurocheque."

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Eurocheck'

First introduced in 1969, eurochecks were hugely popular from the 1970s through to the 1990s. They were no longer issued as of January 1, 2002, which led to a precipitous decline in their usage and popularity. Banks decided to stop issuing eurochecks for a number of reasons, including their higher cost of processing, the increasing usage of other forms of payment such as credit cards and ATMs, and the growing incidence of eurocheck fraud.

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