Comments on misleading statements concerning nickel release

from 1- and 2-euro coins and the performance of the Swiss franc

P.-G. Fournier1, J. Fournier1, M. Monkade2, M. Abani2, K. Berrada3, T.R. Govers4*

1 Laboratoire de Spectroscopie de Translation, Bât. 478, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France

2 Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences, Université Chouaib Doukkali, El Jadida, Morocco

3 Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences Semlalia, Université Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco

4 Aecono Consulting, 59, rue de Prony, Paris, France

* Corresponding author. E-mail:

Received : 27 October 2002; revised version accepted : 29 November 2002


Comments are made on a recent study entitled "High nickel release from 1- and 2-euro coins" [1], which gives the misleading impression that these coins do not comply with European regulations and pose an increased risk of nickel allergy. To the contrary, handling tests which simulate the common manipulation of coins show a decrease in nickel contamination both in comparison to pure-nickel pieces as to copper-nickel coins such as the Moroccan dirham and the Swiss franc.

Keywords : Allergy; Nickel; Manipulation; Euro; Dirham; Franc.

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