Euro on show in Beijing

An exhibition entitled "The Euro Is Here" has opened at the China Numismatic Museum in Beijing.

Jointly sponsored by the European Central Bank and the People's Bank of China, the exhibition is the first to display genuine euro specie in a country outside Europe, and will be the only such exhibition held before the euro goes into circulation on January 1, 2002.

Over a period of just a few days at the beginning of 2002, more than 14 billion euro banknotes and 50 billion euro coins will replace al