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Euro coins and banknotes


Eighteen Eurozone countries have released euro cash – euro banknotes and coins – into circulation.

Euro currency circulates in euro banknotes of 7 denominations and euro coins of 8 denominations.

 

 

 

Banknotes

Euro banknotes in each of the fifteen Eurozone countries are identical. Euro banknotes come in 7 denominations: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. Each denomination banknote is different in colour and in size. The higher the denomination, the larger the banknote in size. The obverse (front side) of the banknotes features windows or gateways symbolising the spirit of openness. The reverse bears different bridges symbolising European nations’ mutual cooperation as well as cooperation between Europe and the whole world.


5 euros
 
Size: 120 x 62 mm
Colour: Grey
Architectural style: Classical

 


New 5 euros
 
Size: 120 x 62 mm
Colour: Grey
Architectural style: Classical
Date of issuance: 2 May 2013
 


10 euros
 
Size: 127 x 67 mm
Colour: Red
Architectural style: Romanesque 

 


New 10 euros
 
Size: 127 x 67 mm
Colour: Red
Architectural style: Romanesque
Date of issuance: 23 September 2014
 


20 euros
 
Size: 133 x 72 mm
Colour: Blue
Architectural style: Gothic

 


50 euros
 
Size: 140 x 77 mm
Colour: Orange
Architectural style: Renaissance

 


100 euros
 
Size: 147 x 82 mm
Colour: Green
Architectural style: Baroque and rococo

 


200 euros
 
Size: 153 x 82 mm
Colour: Yellow-brown
Architectural style: 19th century architecture

 


500 euros
 
Size: 160 x 82 mm
Colour: Purple
Architectural style: Modern 20th century architecture

 

Euro coins

Euro coins are of the following denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 euro cents and 1 and 2 euros (1 euro equals 100 euro cents). The coins are different in size, weight, shape, alloy composition. Higher denominations coins – €1 and €2 are bi-metallic (silver and yellow colour). Average denomination coins – 10, 20 and 50 euro cents – are yellow, and small denomination coins – 1, 2 and 5 euro cents – are red (copper colour).

Euro coins have the common side and the national side, the latter being country-specific. The common side is of identical design and symbolises the idea of common Europe, and the national side is different depending on a country. All euro coins regardless of their different reverse side are equally valid all throughout the Eurozone.


2 euros
Diameter (mm): 25.75
Thickness (mm): 2.20
Weight (g): 8.50
Shape: Round
Colour: Outer part: silver; inner part: gold
Composition: Outer part: copper-nickel;
inner part: three layers: nickel brass, nickel, nickel brass
Edge: Edge lettering, fine milled
 
 


1 euro
Diameter (mm): 23.25
Thickness (mm): 2.33
Weight (g): 7.50
Shape: Round
Colour: Outer part: gold; inner part: silver
Composition: Outer part: nickel brass;
inner part: three layers: copper-nickel, nickel, copper-nickel
Edge: Interrupted milled
 


50 euro cents
Diameter (mm): 24.25
Thickness (mm): 2.38
Weight (g): 7.80
Shape: Round
Colour: Gold
Composition: Nordic gold
Edge: Shaped edge with fine scallops
 


20 euro cents
Diameter (mm): 22.25
Thickness (mm): 2.14
Weight (g): 5.74
Shape: Spanish flower shape
Colour: Gold
Composition: Nordic gold
Edge: Plain
 


10 euro cents
Diameter (mm): 19.75
Thickness (mm): 1.93
Weight (g): 4.10
Shape: Round
Colour: Gold
Composition: Nordic gold
Edge: Shaped edge with fine scallops
 


5 euro cents
Diameter (mm): 21.25
Thickness (mm): 1.67
Weight (g): 3.92
Shape: Round
Colour: Copper
Composition: Copper-covered steel
Edge: Smooth
 


euro cents
Diameter (mm): 18.75
Thickness (mm): 1.67
Weight (g): 3.06
Shape: Round
Colour: Copper
Composition: Copper-covered steel
Edge: Smooth with a groove
 


euro cents
Diameter (mm): 16.25
Thickness (mm): 1.67
Weight (g): 2.30
Shape: Round
Colour: Copper
Composition: Copper-covered steel
Edge: Smooth
 

 

Security features

For the security of euro banknotes, various security features have been used that help identify a real banknote at a glance. The euro banknotes are pure cotton fibre which gives a distinctive feel. On the obverse (front side) of a banknote surface roughness can be felt. Against the light or tilted, other security features of a banknote can be seen.

For more detailed information about the euro security measures read at www.ecb.europa.eu

 

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