Before the Euro, was the Ecu. It was created in 1979 in preparation for a common European currency. It stood for European Currency Unit. It was renamed the Euro in 1999, after some members objected as the Ecu was also the name of an 18th century French coin. Though there were no circulating national Ecu coins, it was used in international transactions and there were a number of local Ecu denominated coins issued.
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Catalonia is an autonomous region in North-western Spain. Many Catalonians have advocated complete independence from Spain. In 1994 this 5 Ecu coin honoring Catalonian writer Josep Pla was issued by a firm in Catalonia's capital of Barcelona. It features a portrait of Pla. The 38mm copper-nickel coin has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.