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European Currency Unit Quiz

EU enlargement between 1958 and 2013

The European Currency Unit was a basket of the currencies of the European Community member states, used as the unit of account of the European Community before being replaced by the euro on the 1st of January 1999, at parity.

The ECU itself replaced the European Unit of Account, also at parity, on the 13th of March 1979. The European Exchange Rate Mechanism attempted to minimize fluctuations between member state currencies and the ECU. The ECU was also used in some international financial transactions, where its advantage was that securities denominated in ECUs provided investors with the opportunity for foreign diversification without reliance on the currency of a single country.

[data courtesy of Wikipedia][quiz courtesy Mike Capstick]