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Europa Series Design

The design of the Europa series is based on the “ages and styles” theme of the first series. However, the new banknotes have been visually modified in order to give them a fresh look and to accommodate a range of new and enhanced security features, which will also make it easy to differentiate between the two series.

As in the first series, the new Europa series banknotes will show architectural styles from seven periods in Europe's cultural history, but do not show any existing monuments or bridges. The styles are as follows:

€5: Classical
€10: Romanesque
€20: Gothic
€50: Renaissance
€100: Baroque and rococo
€200: 19th century iron and glass architecture
An independent banknote designer based in Berlin, Reinhold Gerstetter, was selected to refresh the design of the euro banknotes.
Each note has a dominant colour which is easy to distinguish from the “adjacent” notes. The Europa series banknotes are the same colour as those of the first series, i.e. grey for €5, red for €10, blue for €20, orange for €50, green for €100 and yellow-brown for €200.
The new banknotes also take into account the enlargement of the European Union (EU) in 2004, 2007 and 2013, and show:

- the name of the currency, euro, not only in the Latin (EURO) and Greek (EYPΩ) alphabets but also in the Cyrillic (EBPO) alphabet, as a result of Bulgaria joining the EU;
- a revised map of Europe, including Malta and Cyprus; and

- the initials of the European Central Bank in nine linguistic variants for the new €5, €10 and €20 banknotes and in ten linguistic variants for the new €50 banknotes, taking into account Croatia’s accession to the EU in 2013. The abbreviations are printed according to the EU protocol order for countries and for the official languages, and correspond to the following combinations of countries and official languages:

  • BCE: Belgium (French), Spain (Spanish), France (French), Italy (Italian), Luxembourg (French), Portugal (Portuguese), Romania (Romanian)

  • ECB: Belgium (Dutch), Czech Republic (Czech), Denmark (Danish), Ireland (English), Latvia (Latvian), Lithuania (Lithuanian), Netherlands (Dutch), Slovenia (Slovenian), Slovakia (Slovak), Finland (Swedish), Sweden (Swedish), United Kingdom (English)

  • ЕЦБ: Bulgaria (Bulgarian)

  • EZB: Germany (German), Luxembourg (German), Austria (German)

  • EKP: Estonia (Estonian), Finland (Finnish)

  • EKT: Greece (Greek), Cyprus (Greek)

  • EKB: Hungary (Hungarian)

  • BĊE: Malta (Maltese)

  • EBC: Poland (Polish)

  • ESB: Croatia (Croatian)


Serial numbers on the Europa series of banknotes

The serial numbers on this series are the two numbers printed on the back of the banknote:
a horizontal number printed in black and a vertical number printed in a different colour.

The horizontal number comprises two letters and ten digits. The first letter identifies the printing works – see the list below. The second letter has no particular meaning; it simply makes more serial numbers possible.

Printing works and letters

Nationale Bank van België/Banque Nationale de Belgique


Bank of Greece


Giesecke & Devrient GmbH (Munich)


Giesecke & Devrient GmbH (Leipzig)




Banque de France


Central Bank of Ireland


Banca d'Italia


Bundesdruckerei GmbH


Joh. Enschede Security Printing BV


Oesterreichische Banknoten und Sicherheitsdruck GmbH




Not assigned


Not assigned


De La Rue Currency (Gateshead)


De La Rue Currency (Loughton)


Not assigned


Not assigned


Oberthur Fiduciaire


Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych


Not assigned


Not assigned


Not assigned




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