A decade of euro banknotes and coins

Date 8 December 2011

Ten years ago, on 1 January 2002, the euro banknotes and coins were introduced in twelve Member States of the European Union. The introduction required an unprecedented effort, but it went off without a hitch; in a matter of days, billions of new banknotes and coins were circulated.

In more recent years, another five countries adopted the euro so that today, 17 Member States – with a total population of 332 million – are using the euro. On the occasion of this tenth anniversary, the European Central Bank has made an information package available.