New 100 and 200 euro banknotes in 2019

The ECB has presented new 100 and 200 euro banknotes, which will enter into circulation from 28 May 2019. With the new 100 and 200 euro banknotes, the Europa series will be complete. The banknotes are equipped with new and innovative security features that offer better protection against counterfeiting.

In addition to the satellite hologram in the silvery stripe, the banknotes show a portrait of Europa, an architectural motif and a large € symbol. A further security feature is the revised emerald number, that also shows € symbols.

The €100 and €200 banknotes of the second series differ in size from those of the first series: they are now as high as the €50 note of the Europa series.

In addition to 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. This makes the new banknotes even more secure, but also easier to check for authenticity and handle.

The ECB and the 19 national central banks of the euro area will support manufacturers and owners of banknote handling 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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