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Cariplo Bank in Italy issued 18 Visa Cash cards during the bank's 3 year program. 14 Visa Cash cards were issued and used in association with the Bormio Ski Resort for use at major ski events and later just for general use at the resort. The 4 Visa cash cards in the Flower series Cariplo Bank issued for the Visa Cash test program are also believed to have been used exclusively at the Bormio Ski Resort in the Italian Alps, but this fact needs to be confirmed by VisaCash.org. These cards are truly works of art as you will see below.

Visa Cash cards issued during the 2 year Cariplo Bank test: 

 

Catalog # Value Expired Chip Card Mft. Quantity Venue Used at:
CAR(1) 10,000L Jun-97     20,000 Bormio Ski Resort Albergatori
CAR(2) 10,000L Jun-97     2,500 Bormio Ski Resort World Cup
CAR(3) 10,000L Jun-97     2,500 Bormio Ski Resort Ski Meeting
CAR(4) 30,000L Jun-97     10,000 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(5) 30,000L Jun-97     10,000 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(6) 50,000L Jun-97     5,000 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(7) 50,000L Jun-97     5,000 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(8) 100,000L Jun-97     2,500 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(9) 100,000L Jun-97     2,500 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(10) 50,000L Apr-98

Gemplus

Gemplus

6,000 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(11) 50,000L Nov-99

Gemplus

Gemplus

3,750 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(12) 50,000L Nov-99

Gemplus

Gemplus

3,750 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(13) 50,000L Oct-99

Gemplus

Gemplus

3,750 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(14) 50,000L Oct-99

Gemplus

Gemplus

3,750 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(15) 50,000L Nov-99

Gemplus

Gemplus

3,750 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(16) 50,000L Nov-99

Gemplus

Gemplus

3,750 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(17) 50,000L Nov-99

Gemplus

Gemplus

3,750 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort
CAR(18) 50,000L Nov-99

Gemplus

Gemplus

3,750 Bormio Ski Resort Ski  Resort

 

Program overview:

VisaCash.org has not been able to find any of the principles involved in the Cariplo Visa Cash tests at the Bormio Ski resort in Italy, however we have gleaned from the back of the card (in a rough translation as to how, what and where the card could be used). None of the first 14 cards issued were disposable, all cards were reloadable. This would mean to obtain a card you needed to have an account. Because the cards were reloadable the consumer would need to reload value into the Visa Cash card at the Cariplo Bank branch or (and we are assuming) at a Cariplo ATM location at the Bormio Ski resort. It is not know if the 4 Visa Cash cards in the "Flower" series are disposable or reloadable as Gemplus was the manufacturer and did both.  We will know once we complete the translation on the back of one of the Flower Visa Cash card. Below is the translation of the top part of the back of CAR (1) as to the Visa Cash terms and conditions for use during the test:

 

"This paper (card) is issued by Cariplo on the occasion of the experimentation of the "electronic purse" Visa Cash, at Bormio in Valtellina. (Valtellina is a valley region in the Alps in Northern Italy)"

 

"The carrier using this paper (card) accepts the conditions as to they apply:

* Any (No) reimbursement in case of theft or loss

* Valid for the solo use for exercises (transactions) at locations that display the Visa Cash symbol in Bormio. 

* If brought back (returned), the residual and reimbursable value on the other face of the paper (card) (will be provided) on presentation of the paper (card) to the Cariplo branch (office) in Bormio."

 

We will be completing the rest of the translation in the near future.

 

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