The euro fell against the dollar in light year-end trading in Europe on Wednesday, after reports showed slight improvement in U.S. home prices and consumer confidence.
The 16-nation euro bought $1.4337 in morning trading, down from $1.4351 overnight in New York. The British pound also fell to $1.5885, down from $1.5903 in New York late Tuesday.
The dollar nudged up to 92.07 Japanese yen, from 91.96 on Tuesday.
The dollar was battered throughout 2009 by a string of bad U.S. economic data triggered by the global meltdown.
In 1999, the euro was adopted as virtual currency across much of the European Union and its coins and bank notes went into circulation in January 2002. Slovakia became the 16th country to adopt the currency last January.