Quick test - first Euro series
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
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 , , , EKT, EKP slip between the fingers of the first hand.
Special printing processes give banknotes their unique feel.
Get hold of the banknote by laying one finger on the trapezoid field.
Quick test with vision
Look at the banknote against the light. The portrait window and watermark as well as the security thread become visible.
Incomplete number: Look at the banknote against the light. Parts of the value number are printed on the front top left, on the back top right, which complement each other exactly to the whole value number when viewed.
Watermark: Look at the banknote against the light. A shadowy motif and the value number become visible. If the banknote is placed on a dark surface, the lighter areas become darker.
Security thread: Look at the banknote against the light. The security thread - a dark strip running vertically through the banknote - appears. On it the word "EURO" and the value number are visible in very small letters.
Quick test with tilting
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.
stripe: Tilt the banknote. The silvery stripe reveals a portrait of Europa in a transparent window and the emerald number displays an effect of the light that moves up and down.
Hologram 5-20 €: When the banknote is tilted, the value number and the € symbol appear alternately in the hologram.
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.
Hologram 50-500€: When the banknote is tilted, the value number and a window or a gate appear alternately in the hologram.