Letter: Change exchange

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Sir: A single European currency is closer than people realise. A pocketful of Parisian change reveals that British and French coins are becoming interchangeable.

Half a franc is indistinguishable from 5p. The 10 and 20 centime coins are only slightly more delicate than our 1p and 2p. The 10 franc coin is the same size as pounds 1. They look alike and are worth the same.

True, the insubstantial 1 franc is nothing like our pocket-deforming 10p. But the florin is to go, replaced by a 10p the size of an old shilling . . . or a franc. Next, the demise of the 20p and 50p?

Are other countries slyly synchronising their small change?

BERNIE CORBETT

London, SE27

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