ECB Press Release

PRESS RELEASE - The euro becomes the sole legal tender in all euro area countries, 28 February.

Two months after the introduction of the euro banknotes and coins on 1 January 2002, the euro will become the sole legal tender throughout the euro area at midnight tonight. The President of the European Central Bank, Dr. Willem F. Duisenberg, declared: "At midnight tonight, the 12 national currencies of the euro area will cease to be legal tender. However, the citizens of the euro area have not wai

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