Final day for euro changeover

EUROPE - Two months after it was introduced as a cash currency on 1 January 2002, the euro will finally become the sole legal tender in the 12 countries in the eurozone.

France, Ireland, and the Netherlands have already abandoned their national currencies, while the remaining nine countries will say farewell to their national notes and coins by midnight central European time (2300 GMT).

Euro notes and coins have already received widespread acceptance by the 300 million citizens of the eurozone