Refreshed design, enhanced security
The new banknotes represent an evolution. They still feature the “ages and styles” theme of the first series, but they have been modified to accommodate the enhanced security features. The changes in the design also help to make the new banknotes easy to distinguish from the first series and make them more resistant to counterfeiting. An independent banknote designer based in Berlin, Reinhold Gerstetter, was selected to give the notes a new look. The denominations are: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100 and €200. The Europa series will not include a €500 banknote following a decision taken by the ECB in May 2016. For more information, please read our press release
Easy to spot and more secure
The new security features of the Europa series are easy to locate on the banknotes and make the new notes resistant to counterfeiting.
The introduction of the Europa series of banknotes will differ from the euro changeover in 2002 for several reasons.
The various denominations are being issued at different points in time, so the introduction of the whole series will take several years, unlike the big-bang changeover which took place in 2002.
Given the gradual introduction of the new banknotes and the fact that each country has its own “cash cycle”, the notes will not appear simultaneously across the euro area.
Parallel circulation, indefinite validity
In order to use up remaining stocks, in many euro area countries the banknotes of the first series will continue to be issued for several months alongside the new banknotes. The two series will circulate in parallel as legal tender. The date when the first series ceases to be legal tender will be announced well in advance; however, the first series of banknotes will be exchangeable for an indefinite period of time at the Eurosystem NCBs.