ECB un­veils new €100 and €200 ban­knotes

● New €100 and €200 ban­knotes to start cir­cu­lat­ing on 28 May 2019 ● Ban­knotes to in­cor­po­rate new and in­no­va­tive se­cu­rity fea­tures: a satel­lite holo­gram and an en­hanced emer­ald num­ber ● €100 and €200 ban­knotes com­plete Europa se­ries

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

The Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank has un­veiled the new €100 and €200 ban­knotes, which will en­ter into cir­cu­la­tion on 28 May 2019. After the €5, €10, €20 and €50, the €100 and €200 ban­knotes are the last two de­nom­i­na­tions of the Europa se­ries and there­fore mark its com­ple­tion.

The new €100 and €200 ban­knotes make use of new and in­no­va­tive se­cu­rity fea­tures. Just like the other de­nom­i­na­tions, the new notes are easy to check when us­ing the “feel, look and tilt” method.

At the top of the sil­very stripe a satel­lite holo­gram shows small € sym­bols that move around the num­ber and be­come clearer un­der di­rect light. The sil­very stripe also shows the por­trait of Europa, the ar­chi­tec­tural mo­tif and a large € sym­bol.

The new €100 and €200 ban- knotes also fea­ture an en­hanced emer­ald num­ber. While the emer­ald num­ber it­self is present on all the other notes of the Europa se­ries, this en­hanced ver­sion also shows € sym­bols inside the nu­mer­als.

The new €100 and €200 notes are a dif­fer­ent size to the old €100 and €200 notes. Both de­nom­i­na­tions are now the same height as the €50 ban­knote. How­ever, their length re­mains un­changed – the longer the note, the higher the value. Since the €50, €100 and €200 ban­knotes are now the same height, they can be more eas­ily han­dled and pro­cessed by ma­chines. They will also fit bet­ter in peo­ple’s wal­lets and last longer, as they will be sub­ject to less wear and tear.

In ad­di­tion to the se­cu­rity fea­tures that can be seen with the naked eye, euro ban­knotes also con­tain ma­chine-read­able se­cu­rity fea­tures. On the new €100 and €200 ban­knotes these fea­tures have been en­hanced and new ones have been added to en­able the notes to be pro­cessed and au­then­ti­cated swiftly.

As Ex­ec­u­tive Board mem­ber Yves Mer­sch high­lighted in his speech, un­veil­ing the new ban­knotes, with the changeover to the new €100 and €200, the en­tire set of euro ban­knotes will con­tinue to of­fer strong pro­tec­tion against coun­ter­feit­ing. This makes euro ban­knotes even more se­cure, but also eas­ier to check and han­dle.

The Eurosys­tem – the ECB and the 19 euro area na­tional cen­tral banks – is sup­port­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers and own­ers of ban­knote­han­dling ma­chines and au­then­ti­ca­tion de­vices in pre­par­ing for the new ban­knotes. This in­cludes fa­cil­i­tat­ing equip­ment test­ing and pub­lish­ing a list of ban­knote-pro­cess­ing ma­chines, which have suc­cess­fully demon­strated that they can process the new ban­knotes of the Europa se­ries.

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