Euro coins spend their first year at home

The euro has made life easier for travellers between the 12 countries that adopted the single currency a year ago. But euros appear to be more of a stay-at-home coinage than expected.

According to statistical theory, euros minted in each country - with a national image on the reverse of each coin - should spread over the whole eurozone.

Because Germany mints 40 per cent of all euro coins, academics predict that euros bearing the German eagle will predominate everywhere in the eurozone within

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