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    What's your opinion about the Euro?

    So, this morning I went of an grabbed one of those free Eurokits containing 3.88 Euro

    I assume everyone knows what the Euro is? A new valuta for Europe starting January 1st 2002..

    Anyway, I took a closer look at these coins and here's my opinion:

    1 eurocent: Just asking to be swallowed by a baby, damn small.
    2 eurocent: Pointless little coin
    5 eurocent: Yet another pointless coin
    10 eurocent: Smaller than the 5 cent coin?!
    20 eurocent: 20?! 20?!?! Give me 25 instead! What kind of stupid number is 20? It's too big for that small amount and ugly too.
    50 eurocent: Now we're getting somewhere, just the right size and looks ok.
    1 euro: This is one beautifull coin! Little bigger than 50 eurocent though.
    2 euro: Hubba Hubba, that one is looking good! Exactly the right size and weight..excellent.
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    I find all the coins smaller than 50 eurocent looking like fake plastic coins. The 1 and 2 euro coin look fairly nice.

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    Will there be notes? Did they give you this Eurokit for free or did you have to buy it?
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    my opinion

    I don't like anything below the 1 euro...too easy to for me to misplace them.

    I love the promotions though... free money... too bad I am not in Europe...


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    May I ask whether the old national currencies are still in use in parallel with the Euro?

    I am thinking about very old, illiterate Nona in Sicily. How would she ever cope!

    AUD $1 == o.58 Euro


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    I was just reading this months Wired look at the Euro. It's following the 1:2:5 formula, that is denominations will be 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500.

    Coins range from 1 eurocent to 2 Euros.
    Bills start at 5 euros.

    They did a review of the bill designs too. Guess what? They were designed with Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Freehand.

    Drum roll......
    Now who says Photoshop doesn't make money?
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    Now who says you can't make money with Photoshop?
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    I wish the US would reture the $1 bill and replace it with $1 & $2 coins. That was one thing I really liked about my trips to Germany & the UK.
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    Ofcourse there will be bills, only these coins were for free for every resident older than 6 in The Netherlands.

    I am going to love the Euro
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    Originally posted by freakysid
    May I ask whether the old national currencies are still in use in parallel with the Euro?
    Till February 28.

    Anyway, at least comparing product prices comes much easier, also traveling (to Euro countries) because of the common currency. Well, it's gonna be confusing at first.
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    Im kinda glad that England are abstaining from it so far though. Although thats not the case for the rest of the UK.

    I just think that it will be ages before I stop saying "20 Euros? How much is that in pounds!"

    I think it will be very handy for regular country hoppers though, I am looking forward to using it in France in Febuary when I go skiing.

    Jeroen: thats pretty cool that they are handing out free "trial packs"! Wonder how much that cost them?
    (In Euros and Guilders (*sp) )

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    Originally posted by glenplake
    20 Euros? How much is that in pounds!
    £12.42

    :-D
    Last edited by Ian Glass; Dec 15, 2001 at 07:10.

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    I find Euro to be a cool thing - unites europe in a fine way. Also makes international money transfers easy.

    Sweden is not implementing the Euro yet, but will most likely do in time.
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    Originally posted by freakysid
    May I ask whether the old national currencies are still in use in parallel with the Euro?
    Here in The Netherlands we have a period of one month to switch completelly to the Euro's. After that, tough luck but you are not able to pay with guilders anymore.

    The Netherlands has the shortest switching period in Europe.
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    Man i know i collect coins and some feel so plastic

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    Well, I picked up my free Euro coins. Now I'm waiting for the Euro kit containing the money bills

    I also bought a few packages of coins to get me through the first week or so. There's some talk that shops won't have enough change to deal with all this guilder/Euro stuff. You can pay with Dutch guilders, but any change will be in Euro's, so I can imagine the grocery shop around the corner will run out of loose change after a while.
    The money has been lying around for a few days, and I've hardly looked at it. Umm, can't even remember where I put it

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    Originally posted by Steelsun
    I wish the US would reture the $1 bill and replace it with $1 & $2 coins. That was one thing I really liked about my trips to Germany & the UK.
    Come to CA...That is one thing I don't like. The only thing good about the coins is they are easier to save otherwise walking around with 20pnds in coins is damn tedious. I wish the bills would come back
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    I just like the name "Euro." Ohhhh -- it sounds cool.
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    Re: What's your opinion about the Euro?

    Originally posted by JMulder
    20 eurocent: 20?! 20?!?! Give me 25 instead! What kind of stupid number is 20? It's too big for that small amount and ugly too.
    What's wrong with 20 cent coins? Why would anyone want a 25 cent coin?

    And what's wrong with it being the largest coin? Our 20 cent coin is also our largest coin.
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    Originally posted by glenplake
    [B]Im kinda glad that England are abstaining from it so far though. Although thats not the case for the rest of the UK.
    .. in a short time the Euro catches also the rest of Western Europe

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    Originally posted by glenplake
    Im kinda glad that England are abstaining from it so far though. Although thats not the case for the rest of the UK.
    Do you mean the rest of the UK don't share your opinion or the rest of the UK aren't abstaining? If the latter you're mistaken.

    Personally I say bring it on - fewer things I have to think about when travelling the better.
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    Originally posted by pony


    Personally I say bring it on - fewer things I have to think about when travelling the better.
    What? Have something in common with the french? What do you think we fought the Hundred Years War for?

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    Originally posted by laurieb


    What? Have something in common with the french? What do you think we fought the Hundred Years War for?
    I'm Scottish. We're much more enlightened up here and have a history of working with the French. The 'auld alliance' 'n' that.
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    Funny how long coins and bills have been around for.

    Wouldn't it make more sense this day and age to stop using physical currency altogether?

    I think it would be a whole lot easier if everything was done electronically, ATM Cards, Debit, etc.

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    Originally posted by Seer
    Funny how long coins and bills have been around for.

    Wouldn't it make more sense this day and age to stop using physical currency altogether?

    I think it would be a whole lot easier if everything was done electronically, ATM Cards, Debit, etc.
    And have everything you do tracked and recorded by who knows who?
    No thanks.

    Heck, I still do things by barter occassionally.
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    thanks for reminding me JMulder

    I still have to pick up my euro setje...

    In interviews the guys from the euro board told the interviewer that they researched how fast someone is used to the euro and it will take around 6 weeks not to calculate back anymore... ???

    I don't know what to believe but I do know that it will be quite difficult for people like my grandparants to get used to the EURO..

    just a side step have you seen the latest anouncement???


    >Attention!!!
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    > EURO, from January 2nd 2002 the Kamasutra position usually known
    > as 69 will now be known as 31.31
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    > Best Regards
    > The Euro Changeover Board.
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