First euro coins to be rolled out today

NETHERLANDS - Preparations for the changeover to euro notes and coins take a key psychological step forward today as citizens of France, Ireland and the Netherlands become the first in the eurozone to get their hands on the new euro coins.

Small collections of the coins, known as "starter kits", will be for sale in banks and other outlets in the three countries.

The French will be able to acquire FFr100 (Euros 15.25) worth of coins, while the Irish can buy Euros 6.35 for IPounds 5. In the Nethe

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