The new design will retain the “ages and styles” theme that was used for the first series of euro banknotes and will continue to draw on the architectural styles from seven periods of European cultural history, but will not depict any existing monuments or bridges. The architectural styles are
- 5 euro – Classical
- 10 euro – Romanesque
- 20 euro – Gothic
- 50 euro – Renaissance
- 100 euro – Baroque and Rococo
- 200 euro – 19th century iron and glass architecture
- 500 euro - 20th century architecture
However, the appearance of the notes has been altered to accommodate the new security features and a more modern image has been selected. This makes it easier to differentiate between notes of the first and second series at a glance. The watermark on each note will feature “Europa”, a figure from Greek mythology, together with the architectural design particular to that note.
The new series will also take into account those countries which have joined the European Union since the launch of the first series. The new series will thus show:
The name of the currency in the Latin (EURO), Greek (EYPΩ) and Cyrillic (EBPO) alphabets.
A revised map of Europe, as well as
the initials of the European Central Bank in nine different languages - BCE ECB ЕЦБ EZB EKP EKT EKB BĊE EBC.
The principle of using dominant colours that strongly contrast with the next highest or next lowest denomination will also be used in the second series. The basic colours of the individual denominations will, however, remain the same as in the first series.