While walking down a cobblestone street in Paris, you smell the delicious scent of pain au chocolat—bread with chocolate inside.
You'd love to buy some. What kind of money would you use?
You'd pay with euros. In fact, euros are the currency for 23 European countries:
You have to spend euros to enjoy these delicious pastries in Europe
|Countries Using Euro |
What is an euro?
The euro symbol is €: the abbreviation is EUR.
Euro coins are worth €2, €1, 50 cents, 20 cents, 10 cent, five cents, two cents, and one cent. (There are 100 euro cents per €1.)See pictures of euro notes and euro coins.
Each coin has a common design on the front. The image on the back represents the country where the coin was made, or minted.
Euro bills come in denominations of five, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500. Unlike the different coins, all 23 countries print bills with the same design.
What did the Euro replace?
Before 1999, the original 11 countries now using the euro had their own special currencies.
Enjoy the beautiful European markets and purchase interesting treasures with the euro.
So why did they make the switch...?