Obtaining and Enforcing a Security Interest in Local Currency Under Article 9 of the UCC

Marina C. Leary* 

Community currency is known by many names including complementary currency, alternative currency, and parallel currency. Community currency operates alongside an official or national currency (e.g., dollars or euros) with the purpose of circulating within a small geographic area to facilitate the sale of goods and services. In other words, community currency refers to a privatized form of currency that is not backed by a government entity. With the increased use of community currency, it has the potential to serve as collateral for a security interest under the Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Although there are several types of community currency, this article will focus on obtaining and enforcing a security interest in local currency. After analyzing local currency under the UCC in its current form, this comment will offer several suggestions to better handle a security interest in local currency under the UCC.

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* J.D. Candidate, 2019, University of Richmond School of Law. B.A., 2014, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I would like to thank Professor David Frisch for his invaluable guidance and support throughout the writing process. I would also like to thank Jonathan Lazarow and Frances Lazarow for their thoughtful feedback on my comment. Lastly, I would like to thank the University of Richmond Law Review staff and editors for their assistance during the publishing process.

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