Since january the first 2002, most European people have the same money : the Euro.
All same coins and banknotes all over Europe.
Except rainy GB , needless to say, plus cold Sweden and frozen Danmark ...
This page is designed to show you those new coins and banknotes.
Symbol for the Euro is .
It looks like an "E" but with two lines in the middle instead of one.
Those two lines are the symbol of stability.
They range from 5 to 500 through 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.
|There's no 1 Euro banknote, sorry|
They range from 1 cent (or centime) to 50 cents through 2, 5, 10 and 20 plus there are the 1 Euro and 2 Euros coins.
|There is no 25 cents nore any Quarter Euro coin, sorry.|
Here are the Euros coins (enlarged) side by side with the US 25 cents coin for scale.
To ease identification, in addition with the different sizes and colors, edges are all different for each group with a clear modification for the edge of the central coin of each group, so that you can identify any coin at glance.
In my opinion there was a tremendous lack of explanations about how to use the edges for identification at a glance. I've seen too much people waisting their time (and the one of those queuing behind them...) carefully and slowly turning the coins to read the value side, instead of simply looking to the color + size + edge.
The "number" face is the same for all European countries. The "national symbol" face is typical to each country member of the "Euro zone".
|You can use ANY Euro coin in ANY Euro zone country|
The game there is to have one set of Euros from each Euro zone countries (good luck...).
Note that Monaco and Vatican do belong to the Euro zone and do stamp Euro coins too, although they are "monarchies" (ruled by Prince Rainier in Monaco and pope Jean Paul II in Vatican). Of course they stamp the Euro in very small quantity. If you're a fan of pope Jean Paul II or Prince Rainier (husband of r.i.p. Grace Kelly), there's is very little chance you'll have the happy surprise to find a Vatican Euro or Monaco Euro in your change, except if you go to the Vatican souvenir shop or Monaco Casino.
An even rarer Euro is the Euro from the "République de Saint Marin". One can say this Euro is some kind of numismatic Bigfoot : numerous pictures and highly sought after but nobody never caught it !
For France, the national symbols are the tree (roots and lasting), Marianne (the republic) and the "Semeuse" (the sower, allways that symbol on Franc coins since... long ago)
To see what those France symbols exactly look like, you can either :
If you're looking for euro coins for sale from all countries of the euro zone, you can have a look to my collection.
If the adaptation from the Franc to the Euro is easy for an American tourist (1 Euro = about 1 Dollar), that same adaptation is not so much easy for French people as 1 Euro = 6.55957 Francs...
For one year, different systems was developped to help people to train to convert from the old Franc scale to the new Euro scale, such as this one, a set of handy cardboard information distributed by the supermarkets Carrefour :
Numerous electronic calculators integrating an Euro/Franc conversion key was also developped, either with two displays or simply with a big EURO/FRANC conversion key.
But the converter that I found really wyse is the simplest one (some kind of 2CV design !). It was distributed by the supermarkets Auchan and its a simple plastic card, similar to a credit card but soft and having a lenticular side : when you tilt the card, either you can see a table with the new Euros money or that same table but reading the Euro table converted to the old Franc :
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