Today the last papers of the Europa series go out onto the street, incorporating sophisticated security measures.
If this Tuesday goes to a cashier or branch to take money, you may fall into their hands one of the new 100 or 200 euros, the Europa series, which are now in circulation. They are the last of this series that reach the public, after the 5, 10, 20 and 50. Like their brothers in series, the new roles incorporate strong security measures against counterfeiting, such as holograms, reliefs and sophisticated watermarks and have been designed by the German Reinhold Gerstetter.
The new 100 and 200 euro bills
In the case of the new denominations of 100 and 200 euros, the largest banknotes issued by the ECB after the decision to stop printing those of 500, the newest security element is the so-called satellite hologram. After this pompous name is an element that is placed in the upper right part of the bill if we look at it from the front, on the side with the architectural illustration. It is a hologram with almost semicircular shape in which appears the denomination of the ticket, 100 or 200. Around this figure you can see symbols of the euro up and down that oscillate when tilting the bill and that are clearer if it gives them light direct.
This hologram is inserted in a silver band that runs the bill from top to bottom and includes other holographic elements. Just below the satellite, there is the transparent window in which the portrait of the goddess Europa appears, which gives the series its name. A little further down, a holographic reproduction of the architectural motif of the banknote (an arch and Baroque and Rococo facades in the case of the 100 bill and some latticed windows of the 19th century in the 200’s). At the bottom of the silver band, another semicircle with the euro symbol.
In addition to the silver band, the tickets include other security measures, such as the relief print of the main illustration, the large figure of the value and a series of lines on both sides. In addition, a watermark with the portrait of Europe is visible on both sides of the paper. Finally, both denominations incorporate the emerald painting in the small figure of the value of the bill, which shines in function of the light it receives. The emerald number in these two new notes is a bit more sophisticated than the one that appears in his brothers in the Europa series, since it shows small euro symbols in the interior.
As for the design, in addition to the architectural illustration on the main side, on the opposite side is the map of Europe, including the islands of Malta and Cyprus, which were not part of the EU when the first notes of the series were launched. On the main side, on the left side, the acronym of the ECB appears in 10 languages, instead of the five that appeared in the previous series. In the lower right part of the back part the word “euro” appears in Latin, Cyrillic and Greek characters.
The two bills are 77 millimeters in height, the same as 50 euros, but 100, green, is 147 millimeters wide and 200, yellow and brown, 153. According to the ECB, the 100 bill is the third most used in the EU, after 50 and 20 and the demand for both is booming. The old bills of 100 and 200 will remain legal tender, but will be gradually withdrawn by the ECB.