After working in Australia some time ago and moving back to the United States, I received a cheque from the Reserve Bank of Australia for my superannuation funds. Unfortunately, I'm having a problem depositing this with my US bank.
The main problem is that the cheque is marked "Not Negotiable" vertically along its face. My understand of this term within the Australian banking system is that it simply means the check cannot be endorsed to another party; it can only be deposited by the named person (i.e. me). But in the US, "non-negotiable" means it's not a valid check and my bank won't touch it. I've talked to another bank and they gave me the same response.
Is there any way to get around this issue? Perhaps there is another bank in the US that is more used to dealing with Australian cheques? Has anyone else found a way to deal with this?