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What country first minted the euro?

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June 07, 2010 5:26PM

France first minted the euro in 1998. 12 countries simultaneously introduced euro coinage on 1st January 2002. Preparations had been taking place in place for over two years. During this time many of the mints in Europe would have been minting large amounts of euro coinage to replace existing currencies. It is likely unknown and somewhat irrelevant which country was the first to mint coins.