Euro coins out in Austria ahead of official launch

AUSTRIA - A small volume of euro-denominated coins have already entered into circulation amongst the general public in Austria. This is despite the fact that starter packs of euro coins are not officially due to be released to private citizens until mid-December 2001.

By way of example, Vienna-based Internet service provider Arges.tempo has been sending out press releases with a one cent (i.e., EUR 0.01) coin glued to the paper. In another incident, local cooperative bank Raiffeisenbank

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