An anxious countdown to new euro cash

BELGIUM - In two weeks, thousands of armoured trucks will fan out across Europe to start supplying banks with crisp bills and shiny coins denominated in euros, the single continental currency that will replace the German mark, the French franc and 10 other national monies on New Year's Day.

By New Year's Eve, banks and shops across the 12-nation euro zone, an area stretching from the northern tip of Finland to the island of Crete, will be flush with about $600 billion worth of cash euros. At m

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