Frequently asked questions about the new euro banknote series
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- Why is a new series of banknotes to be introduced?
- Why are the banknotes of the second series going to be introduced gradually instead of all denominations at once?
- When will the remaining denominations from the series be introduced?
- For how long will the old euro banknotes remain valid? Do I have to exchange banknotes from the old series for ones from the new series?
- When can I get hold of the new banknotes?
- Where can I obtain the new banknotes?
- Have the images/colours on the banknotes changed?
- What are the new security features?
- Why weren't the more commonly counterfeited denominations (the €20 and €50 notes) introduced first?
- How can you recognise counterfeit banknotes? Does the “feel, look and tilt” test still apply?
- Who designed the new euro banknotes?
- How do you go about developing a new banknote series?
- Are there any special features on the new banknotes for blind and visually impaired people?
- What is the life cycle of banknotes?
- What is the life cycle of a banknote series?
- Will the euro coins also be redesigned?
- Does the serial number on the Europa series of banknotes tell where they were produced?