Good Thing for Europe's currency

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From Mr Ralph Simmonds

Sir: Your article "How about a fistful of Delors?" (13 April) gives a number of possible names for the coming European currency unit. The Ecu is unsatisfactory, even though it has a double origin (a medieval French coin and an acronym for European Currency Unit), but it is unlikely to appeal to Europe as a whole. The mark may appear too Germanic for some, but the florin, which has Italian, Dutch and British associations and is, moreover, a pleasant-sounding word, seems to be an ideal name.

If the florin were chosen, it could not be said that Europe would be favouring any one nation.

Yours faithfully,

RALPH SIMMONDS

Edinburgh

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