The new euro bills are here

The time has come: With the 100 and 200, the last new euro bills have been introduced. A little different, but overall familiar.

Ceremonial unveiling: ECB board member Yves Mersch unveils the new banknotes.

Mith the presentation of the new 100 and 200 euro banknotes by the European Central Bank, the veil was lifted on Monday over the last new notes from the so-called Europa series. Starting in 2013 with the 5 euro banknote, the new 10, 20 and 50 euro banknotes were gradually introduced in the years that followed. The new euro banknotes should be state-of-the-art in terms of security against forgery.

The issue begins on May 28, 2019, because banks and retailers should initially have the opportunity to prepare equipment and staff to handle the banknotes. There were initially problems with the new fiver in May 2013: Consumers were unable to pay for their ticket or parking ticket at many machines in Europe because the machine’s software had not been changed in good time. With the other denominations, however, everything went smoothly – only in individual cases did some traders initially mistake the new notes for counterfeit money.

It is not used to pay yet, it is assessed.
It is not used to pay yet, it is assessed.: Image: Reuters

To make it easy to differentiate between the two series, the colors and design have been slightly adapted. The format of the 100 and 200 has also been changed. They are now the same height as the 50 euro banknote. The relief on both edges is interrupted once on the 100 euro banknote and twice on the 200 euro banknote.

On both banknotes, symbols can now be seen on the so-called emerald number. The film strip in the right part of both banknotes shows a portrait window with the mythological figure Europe, the satellite hologram, the main motif of the banknote and a large symbol. In the satellite hologram, tilt the banknote symbols to move around the value.

Important: The silver stripe on the edge contains a number of security features.
Important: The silver stripe on the edge contains a number of security features.: Image: Reuters

Like the other banknotes in the Europa series, authenticity can be checked in three steps: In addition to a tangible relief, portrait windows and watermarks as well as the satellite hologram and the emerald number serve as proof of the authenticity of the new euro banknotes, among other things.

In contrast to the fives and tens of the second generation, the 100s and 200s are not coated with a special paint because the large bills change hands less often.

The new 100 in ultraviolet light.
The new 100 in ultraviolet light.: Image: Reuters

Both in Europe and in Germany, the number of euro blossoms fell, and according to the ECB, the number of forgeries has also fallen due to the improved security features of the new notes. In the first half of 2018, the police, retailers and banks in Europe withdrew 301,000 counterfeit euro banknotes – mostly twenties and fifties. That was 17.1 percent less than in the second half of 2017 and 9.1 percent less than in the same period of the previous year.

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