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  The euro
What is the euro?
Will the UK ever get the euro?
What could be good about it?
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What is the euro like?
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Euro banknotes and coins What is the euro like?

One euro is worth about 70p.

Notes
At the moment the biggest UK banknote is worth 50. The biggest euro banknote is the 500 euro - worth about 350!

The notes have exactly the same design across Europe.

Here are all the euro banknotes:

  • 500 euros
  • 200 euros
  • 100 euros
  • 50 and 20 euros
  • 10 and 5 euros

Coins
1 euro can be split up into 100 cents.

The front of each of the coins is exactly the same across Europe, but each country is allowed to design a different back. This is where the Queen's head would go if Britain ever had the euro.

Here are all the euro coins:

  • 2 and 1 euros (two-tone silver and gold/bronze colour)
  • 50, 20 and 10 cents (gold/bronze colour)
  • 5, 2 and 1 cents (copper colour)

So altogether, each country issues eight different euro coins.


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