1. The €50 is the most widely used banknote in the 19 euro area countries. Over 9 billion of them have been issued. It accounts for almost half of all cash in circulation.
2. The €50 is the most counterfeited banknote. That’s why the security features now include a hard-to-fake emerald number and a portrait window.
3. Hundreds of thousands of ATMs, authentication devices, vending machines and other banknote handling equipment had to be updated.
4. It costs between 6 and 10 cents to produce a banknote including the cost of the ink, the paper and the printing.
5. You can of course continue using the first series €50 banknotes. They will gradually be withdrawn but they will not lose their value – you will be able to exchange them for an unlimited period of time at your national central bank.
You can learn more about how to recognise a genuine banknote with the FEEL, LOOK, TILT method HERE.