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Austrian Schilling
Austrian schilling
Belgian Franc
Belgian franc
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Finnish markka
French franc
French franc
German mark
German mark
Greek drachma
Greek drachma

Italian lira

Irish punt

Luxembourg franc

Netherlands guilder

Portugese escudo

Spanish peseta
With the arrival of the euro, 12 of Europe's currencies will pass into history. It is the biggest currency changeover Europe has ever seen. But for most of the eurozone countries this is just the latest in a series of transformations.

The spent currencies tell the story of Europe. Currencies came and went as different rulers and occupiers held sway. And as countries gained their independence, they issued coins and notes with the emblems of their nationhood.

Click on the notes to find out about each of the 12 spent currencies.

See also:
The origins of Europe's currencies

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