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Security features

When examining the authenticity of banknotes it is necessary to look at security features. This is done by:


The euro banknotes are printed on 100% cotton paper which has a unique feel. The initials of the European Central Bank, which are the central motif, as well as the value numerals from the reverse side feature intaglio “raised” print and will feel rough to the touch.

1. Intaglio printing is applied to banknotes under large pressure and heat so they feel rough to the touch.


2. Watermark is put into the paper by varying the paper thickness as the paper is manufactured. The numerical part of the watermark is lighter (thinner).

3. The security thread is embedded into the paper, and is seen only when held up to the light. It contains mini and micro lettering.

4. Matching details – see-through register, details of motifs are applied by precision printing on the front and back of the euro banknotes and form a complete value numeral when held up to the light.  


5. Tilt the banknote: hologram foil stripe reflects a wide spectrum of colours and motifs – currency marking, nominal values, mini and micro wording. This applies to 5, 10 and 20 euro banknotes).

6. Glowing layer or stripe is applied on the reverse side of banknotes and can be seen if you tilt the banknote. It is highly resistant to wear and tear and composes currency markings and nominal values. This applies to 5, 10 and 20 euro banknotes.

7. Hologram foil patch (on 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro banknotes) shows a central motif, micro wording with currency markings and nominal values, euro symbol perforations and demetalised area. 

8. OVI ink will change colour when tilted, changing the colour from glowing dark pink to olive green. This applies to 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro banknotes.

Banknotes of 5, 10 and 20 euro use the same types of protection as 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro banknotes. This is the reason why we will show types of protection only in 20 and 50 euro banknotes. Choose protection by clicking on some of the framed parts of the banknote.

Click to turn 20 euro banknote

Click to turn 50 euro banknote

Control of several security features

9. Micro printing is located both on the obverse and reverse side of banknotes

UV lighting can reveal fluorescent fibres embedded in the paper and visible in red, blue and green colour. Banknotes also contain fluorescent colour which can be seen on the motifs from obverse and reverse side of banknotes.


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