Date: Sat Jan 01 2005 - 11:52:42 CST
Quoting Michael Everson <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> At 09:18 -0500 2005-01-01, Patrick Andries wrote:
> >And the coins which have a different side [much more than simply
> >saying dix euros/tien euro/diez euros/dieci euri] for each country
> >can't be unfamiliair and counterfeited ?
> Counterfeit pennies are understandably rare.
> >Really I don't buy that argument.
> I don't care. It isn't my argument. Take it up with the European Central
I was going to hold comment, but I have to side with Michael.
In the UK there are 8 banks that still have the right to issue
currency. 1 in England, 3 in Scotland and 4 in Northern Ireland.
The English notes are generally accepted throughout the UK,
the various Scottish notes are normally accepted in Scotland and
I never have had any trouble passing them in England though
apparently some people have had difficulties. I didn't even know
about the Northern Irish notes until the recent bank robbery; I
gather they don't enjoy much favour in Great Britain.
So given that background, I regularly deal with 4 banks * the
various denominations * 1-2 series of notes in circulation.
I would be hard pressed to recognize a counterfeit note if it
were bank quality paper/printing even if the plates were a
complete fabrication so long as they had plausible design
elements on it.
The EU institutions certainly could benefit from some improvements,
but I think the Euro as a common currency with a standard appearance
is in fairly good shape.
As for the "abstract buildings" motif, I don't suppose there is
anything to stop architects in member countries from making
designs that match the images... the reaction from Brussels would
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