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Counterfeit detection

The counterfeits being spread at present can be detected by checking the security features. In most cases, counterfeiters focus on just one or only few security features. Therefore, it is advisable to check several features.

Banknote "paper" consists of cotton. It feels crisp and firm. With some experience, genuine money can be detected just by the feel of the paper.

The first denomination of the Europa Series was the 5 Euro banknote, which was introduced on 2 May 2013. On 23 Septermber 2014, the new 10 Euro banknote was next. The introduction of the 20 Euro banknote of the Europa Series was on 25 November 2015 and the new 50 Euro banknote is available since 4 April 2017. All banknotes of the first series remain valid, but will disappear gradually from circulation.

Further denominations of the Europa Series will be introduced in ascending order. The dates of introduction have not yet been determined.

Details of the security features

Please choose a banknote (front or reverse) by clicking on the image:

Banknote Front Side Reverse Side
€5, 1st series Front side of the €5 banknote, 1st series Reverse side of the €5 banknote, 1st series
€10, 1st series Front side of the €10 banknote, 1st series Reverse side of the €10 banknote, 1st series
€20, 1st series Front side of the €20 banknote, 1st series Reverse side of the €20 banknote, 1st series
€50, 1st series Front side of the €50 banknote, 1st series Reverse side of the €50 banknote, 1st series
€100, 1st series Front side of the €100 banknote, 1st series Reverse side of the €100 banknote, 1st series
€200, 1st series Front side of the €200 banknote, 1st series Reverse side of the €200 banknote, 1st series
€500, 1st series Front side of the €500 banknote, 1st series Reverse side of the €500 banknote, 1st series
€5, Europa series Front side of the €5 banknote, Europa series Reverse side of the €5 banknote, Europa series
€10, Europa series Front side of the €10 banknote, Europa series Reverse side of the €10 banknote, Europa series
€20, Europa series Front side of the €20 banknote, Europa series Reverse side of the €20 banknote, Europa series
€50, Europa series Front side of the €50 banknote, Europa series Reverse side of the €50 banknote, Europa series

Quick Test

Depending on the situation, you might want to check a banknote discreetly, because you don’t want your customer to notice the check. Whereas the quick test itself can be done in fractions of a second, you must prepare by having a close look at some selected security features. The quick test consists of two separate parts: Tilt and Feel.

Quick Test with feeling - first Euro series

For the "Feel" test it is important where to take hold of the banknote. Take the banknote with thumb and index on the trapezoid field (see green arrow) to feel a strong raised printing. As you will have to adjust the orientation of the banknote anyway, use the second hand to draw the banknote, making the copyright line BCE, ECB, EZB, EKT, EKP slip between the fingers of the first hand.

Trapezoid field

Abbildung Ausschnitt eines Geldscheins Get hold of the banknote by laying one finger on the trapezoid field.


Copyright line

Abbildung 100 Euro-Schein Draw the banknote in a way that the raised printing oft the copyright line BCE, ECB, EZB, EKT, EKP slips between the fingers of the first hand.

Quick Test with tilting - first Euro series

Each banknote of the first series has a "Tilt” feature on the front and on the reverse side: A hologram on the front side and a colour-changing feature on the reverse side. Therefore, always a "Tilt” feature is visible. Begin to look at the banknote when your vis-à-vis starts passing the banknote. When he stretches his arm, the viewing angle on the banknote changes. Often you can check the money before even touching it.

However, if the banknote was folded or you could not see the "Tilt" feature for any other reason, then you have to unfold and adjust the orientation anyway. You should be able to include a discreet tilting in this movement while looking at the banknote.

Even marginal tilting is enough to see the colour change of the OVI (optical variable ink, €50 - €500) or the glossy stripe (€5 - €20). However, this way not all characteristics of the hologram can be checked in all detail. Therefore, you should focus on watching concentric cicles of prismatic colours moving inward or outward in the hologram of a €50 - €500. On the €5 - €20 banknotes, the prismatic colours in the hologram stripe move upward and downward.

With some practise you should be able to include the "Tilt" test into normal banknote acceptance movements.

Quick Test with feeling - Europa series

€50, Europa series [+] Generally speaking, the quick test works exactly the same with banknotes of the Europa series. At the position, where the trapezoid field is on the first series, the new series has a big value numeral (blue frame). Take the banknote there with thumb and index to feel a strong raised printing. As you will have to adjust the orientation of the banknote anyway, slip the banknote between your fingers following the green arrow: Your fingers move over a space without raised printing until they reach the tactile structure at the edge (blue frame).

Quick Test with tilting – Europa series

€50, Europa series [+] For the tilting test, you should concentrate on the front side of the banknote. If you receive the banknote with the reverse side up, you should turn it around, as you need to do anyway if you want to put it into a cash desk.
The new banknotes have two tilting features on the front side: The emerald number (red frame) and the hologram (blue frame, "third island", see below). The emerald number contains a light effect moving up or down when tilting the banknote. The hologram consists of four different areas, the so-called "islands". Each island shows a different holographic effect. It is recommended to choose one effect that you can easily perceive on a blink. For example, you might want to check the prismatic colours in the background of the third island (blue frame), which move in different directions when tilting the banknote.

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