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Tuesday, 1 January, 2002, 12:12 GMT
In pictures: Dawn of the euro
The euro and the new year arrived simultaneously across Europe - and people stayed up to celebrate both.

Excited woman waves her new euros
There was exultation at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Frankfurt fireworks
Crowds flocked to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt for a firework display
French kiss in Frankfurt
Two French visitors kissed under the bank's euro monument
Man waves euro in Paris
The Paris streets were full of euro-revellers...
Queue outside Brussels cash machine
... while in Brussels, there were queues to obtain the new currency
Romano and Flavia Prodi in Vienna
In Vienna, European Commission President Romano Prodi bought flowers for his wife, Flavia, with the euro
Lira model set on fire
In his native Italy, a model of the departing lira was ceremonially burned
Parthenon fireworks
The first EU states to greet the New Year were Finland and Greece, where fireworks burst over the Parthenon
Euro notes on display at the Bank of China
The euro has already travelled far and wide - even reaching the Bank of China in Beijing

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