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The new Europa series €50 banknote

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The Europa series

The second series of euro banknotes takes its name from Europa, a figure from Greek mythology, whose portrait can be seen in both the watermark and the hologram of the new notes. The Europa series retains the main picture elements and colour scheme used in the first series of euro banknotes, while the "Ages and styles" theme showing architectural styles from different periods of Europe's cultural history has been modified slightly. Three security features have been enhanced, however, to make the new and improved series of euro banknotes even more counterfeit-proof.

The new €50 banknote

The new €50 banknote is the fourth Europa series denomination to be issued, following the introduction of the €5, €10 and €20 notes. Just like the Europa series €20 note before it, the new €50 note boasts a particularly innovative security feature – a "portrait window" set in the hologram. This groundbreaking technological innovation will make life even more difficult for banknote counterfeiters. When the banknote is held up to the light, the window becomes transparent, revealing a portrait of Europa that can be seen on both sides of the note. When tilted, rainbow-coloured value numerals appear in the window on the reverse side of the banknote.

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Enhanced security features

Euro banknotes are protected by an array of security features which anyone with a keen eye can use to quickly spot whether a euro banknote is a counterfeit or not.

The Europa series €50 banknote has the following new security features:

  • Portrait window in the hologram
    The € symbol, the main design feature and several instances of the value numeral appear in the silver stripe on the front of the banknote when tilted. When the banknote is held up to the light, it is possible to see Europa's portrait in the window of the hologram. Tilting the banknote reveals several rainbow-coloured number 50s on the reverse.
  • Portrait watermark
    Holding the banknote up to the light reveals a sketched portrait of the mythological figure of Europa, the main design feature and the value numeral on both sides of the note.
  • Emerald number
    When tilted, the shiny number on the front of the note displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. Depending on the angle it is viewed from, the colour of the number changes from emerald green to deep blue.

Find out more about spotting counterfeit currency.

Portrait-Watermark - close-up Portrait-Watermark
In the watermark you can see a faint image, which shows a portrait of the mythological figure Europa. This is why it is called "portrait watermark", in order to distinguish it from the watermark of the first euro banknote series. In the watermark you can also see the value of the banknote (50) and a gateway. The portrait is the most striking of the watermark images and also appears in the hologram.
Emerald numberEmerald number
The emerald number is a shiny number on the front of the banknote. It displays an effect of light that moves up and down. The number also changes colour from emerald green to deep blue.
Security threadSecurity thread
The security thread can be seen as a dark line in the middle third of the banknote.In the security thread 50 EURO in small letters and "10" in microletters, alternating in normal writing and mirror writing
WindowWindow
The portrait of Europa in the window can be seen in the window when the banknote is held against the ligth.
Portrait-Hologram with WindowPortrait-Hologram with Window
The Hologram, the silver stripe on the front side of the banknote reveals a gateway and the value numeral of the banknote. A portrait of Europa can be seen in the window when the banknote is held against the light.
Tactile structureTactile structure
Run your finger along the surface of the banknote. The front of the banknote has a series of short raised lines on the left and right edges. These lines are used particularly by the visually impaired to easily distinguish between individual banknote denominations. You can also feel a relief in the main design feature, the lettering and the large value numeral.
Tactile structureTactile structure
Run your finger along the surface of the banknote. The front of the banknote has a series of short raised lines on the left and right edges. These lines are used particularly by the visually impaired to easily distinguish between individual banknote denominations. You can also feel a relief in the main design feature, the lettering and the large value numeral.
MicroletteringMicrolettering
At several places of the banknote motif, there is microlettering, which looks pin sharp even under a magnifying glass.

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Further information can be found on the website of the European Central Bank

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