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Man with banknotes in his hand and several banknotes [+]

You often hold euro banknotes in your hand.





Woman paying with cash at the cinema (© Reinhild Kassing) [+]

At the ticket counter at the cinema, for instance.
You pay with euro banknotes at the cash desk.




A man giving money to his children [+]

Or when you give your children their pocket money.




A hand takes banknotes from the ATM [+]

You get banknotes from cash machines (ATMs).







Euro banknotes [+]

Here you can see all of the different euro banknotes.










The new €50 banknote [+]

There is now a new €50 banknote.
The new €50 note was introduced on 4 April 2017.
This is what it looks like.


The old €50 banknote [+]

The old €50 banknote looks a bit different.
Its colour is slightly paler.
You can still use the old €50 note to pay for things.

You can also pay using the new €50 banknote.





A man viewing a €50 note against the light [+]

The new €50 banknote contains a special picture.
The picture appears twice on the note. But it is hidden.
You can see the picture by holding the €50 banknote against the light.


Image of princess Europa on the new € 50 note [+]

You can see the picture on the left-hand side of the note.





Image of princess Europa on the new € 50 note [+]

You can also see the picture on the right-hand side of the note.






Princess Europa [+]

The picture shows Princess Europa.
Princess Europa is a character in an old story.

Our continent has a similar name: "Europe".
It is named after Princess Europa.

Why is this picture on the new €50 banknote?

There are two reasons:

Reason 1:

The new euro banknotes share the same name as Princess Europa.
They are called Europa banknotes.
They are also known as the "Europa series".

Reason 2:

The picture of Europa makes the €50 banknote more secure.
This picture is also known as a "security feature".

How does the picture of the princess make the €50 note more secure?


A man printing money using his computer [+]

Sometimes people try to make banknotes themselves.
These people copy the euro banknotes.
These people are known as money counterfeiters.



Counterfeit €50 note without image of princess Europa [+]

The copied banknotes do not show a picture of Princess Europa.
The copied notes are counterfeit money.





Counterfeiter at the electronic shop [+]

Money counterfeiters try to buy things using the counterfeit money.



A woman viewing a €50 note against the light [+]



The cashier holds the €50 note against the light.
The cashier does not see a picture of princess Europa on the note.



A woman on the phone holding a €50 note in her hand [+]

The cashier is sure that this note is a counterfeit.
The cashier calls the police.



The police arrest a counterfeiter [+]

The police arrest the counterfeiter.
The police destroy the counterfeit money.





A man viewing banknotes with a magnifying glass [+]

Only genuine money is allowed. Genuine money can be used to buy things.
The picture of Princess Europa makes genuine money more secure.
That is why you should always take a closer look at every banknote.







Illustrations: © Reinhild Kassing