Euro € - Dutch prepare for switch with free coins

NETHERLANDS - The Dutch government has extravagent plans to prepare its people for the arrival of new euro notes and coins on 1 January 2002. Alone among the participating countries, the Dutch will put free coins in everyone's pocket before the changeover.

All residents aged six and upwards are due to receive a central bank voucher that, from mid-December, will entitle them to collect a free "euro-kit" comprising one each of the eight coins in the new currency.

The finance ministry will cover t

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