ECB issues new 5 euro banknote today

The European Central Bank (ECB) has introduced the new 5 euro banknote today. It's the first issue of the second series of euro banknotes. The new series has the same "ages and styles" design and dominant colours as the first series. The second series has a watermark and hologram display a portrait of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology – and hence the name of this series of banknotes. It also includes some new and enhanced security features. An eye-catching "emerald number" changes colour from emerald green to deep blue and displays an effect of the light that moves up and down.

The other denominations, i.e. €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500, will be introduced over the next few years, in ascending order. The first series will initially circulate alongside the new banknotes, but will gradually be withdrawn and eventually cease to be legal tender. The date when this occurs will be announced well in advance. However, the banknotes of the first series will retain their value indefinitely and can be exchanged at euro area national central banks at any time.

Some downloads:

  • Pictures (zip - < 1 MB)
  • Press Kit (pdf)
  • Footage of the new €5 banknote (design and security features) (zip - 357 MB)
  • Footage of the production of the new €5 banknote (zip - 918 MB)
© European Central Bank
© European Central Bank
Steven Thursday 02 May 2013 at 08:08 am | | news
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