Starter kits containing 45 Slovak euro coins sold like "hot cakes" on Monday, according to The Slovak Spectator. Reports say the coin kits sold out at large city banks and post offices within hours as people waited in long lines. That, despite the inability to spend the money until January 1, 2009, when Slovakia officially adopts the euro.
Some 1.2 million total kits worth 500 korunas (€16.6 euros, $21) are up for sale in an attempt to ease the currency switch. EUbusiness said about half were gone by Monday.