Text Box: Belgium
Germany
Greece
Spain
France
Ireland
Italy
Luxembourg
The Netherlands
Austria
Portugal
Finland

           Somewhat hidden on the front of the note is a second, smaller sequence where the first letter identifies the actual printer of the note (see links in the ‘Description of banknotes’ above).

           The printer code need not coincide with the country code, i.e. notes issued by a particular country may have been printed in another country (e.g. some Finnish notes have in fact been produced by a UK printer).

           The A, C and S codes have been reserved for printers currently not printing Euro banknotes.

EUROPEAN UNION

(euro = 100 cents)

2-EUR

5 cents50 centsBack of 20 Euro NotesBack of 100 Euro NotesBack of 50 Euro NotesFront of 100 Euro NotesFront of 50 Euro Notes2 euro20 cents2 cents1 cent10 cents1 euroBack of 200 Euro NotesBack of 500 Euro NotesFront of 500 Euro NotesFront of 200 Euro NotesBack of 5 Euro NotesFront of 5 Euro NotesFront of 10 Euro NotesBack of 10 Euro NotesFront of 20 Euro NotesText Box: view country specific side of coins

Description of banknotes

         Country codes are alphabetised according to the countries' names in the official language of each country, but reversed - look at the table

         Checksum: each note has an unique serial number. The serial number is validated using a checksum:

         - Replace the initial letter by its position in the alphabet (that is L is 12, M is 13,..., Z is 26).

         - Add up this number and every digit of the serial number. For example:

         U08217383936 is 21 + 0 + 8 + 2 + 1 + 7 + 3 + 8 + 3 + 9 + 3 + 6 = 7

         - Add up all the digits of this new number, redo as many times as necessary until you obtain a one-digit number.

         - The resulting number must be 8 - in the example above, 7 + 1 = 8, so it's correct.

         You can also check the validity introducing the number in http://banknotecheck.eu/

Description of coins

EUR/USD since Jan 1999

Oval: to the rates
2000-S Sacagawea Dollar Reverse

The second series Euro notes (without ˆ500) started in 2013 with the ˆ5 and will be stopped around the end of 2018, when the ˆ100 and ˆ200 banknotes of the Europa series are planned to be introduced.

The ˆ500 banknote, like the other denominations of euro banknotes, will always retain its value and can be exchanged at the national central banks of the Eurosystem for an unlimited period of time.

Code

Printer

Location

Country

(A)

(Bank of England Printing Works)

(Loughton)

(Un.Kingdom)

(B)

Not Used

---

---

(C)

(Tumba Bruk)

(Tumba)

(Sweden)

D

Setec Oy

Vantaa

Finland

E

F. C. Oberthur

Chantepie

France

F

Öst.Banknoten und Sicherheitsdruck

Vienna

Austria

G

Johan Enschedé & Zn.

Haarlem

Netherlands

H

De La Rue

Gateshead

Un.Kingdom

(I)

Not Used

---

---

J

Banca d'Italia

Rome

Italy

K

Central Bank of Ireland

Dublin

Ireland

L

Banque de France

Chamalières

France

M

Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre

Madrid

Spain

N

Bank of Greece

Athens

Greece

(O)

Not Used

---

---

P

Giesecke & Devrient

Munich & Leipzig

Germany

(Q)

Not Used

---

---

R

Bundesdruckerei

Berlin

Germany

(S)

(Danmarks Nationalbank)

(Copenhagen)

(Denmark)

T

National Bank of Belgium

Brussels

Belgium

U

Valora - Banco de Portugal

Carregado

Portugal

Denomination

Dimensions

Dominant Colour

Architecture

Period

Printercode position

5 euro | ˆ5

 

120 x 62 mm

Grey

Classical

< 5th century

left image edge

10 euro | ˆ10

 

127 x 67 mm

Red

Romanesque

11-12th centuries

8 o'clock star

20 euro | ˆ20

 

133 x 72 mm

Blue

Gothic

13-14th centuries

9 o'clock star

50 euro | ˆ50

 

140 x 77 mm

Orange

Renaissance

15-16th centuries

right image edge

100 euro | ˆ100

 

147 x 82 mm

Green

Baroque & Rococo

17-18th centuries

right of 9 o'clock star

200 euro | ˆ200

 

153 x 82 mm

Yellow-brown

Art Nouveau

19-20th centuries

above 7 o'clock star

500 euro | ˆ500

 

160 x 82 mm

Purple

Modern

20-21st centuries

9 o'clock star

Denomination

Diameter

Thickness

Mass

Composition

Edge

1 cent / ˆ0.01

16.25 mm

1.67 mm

2.30 g

Steel with a copper cover

Smooth

2 cents / ˆ0.02

18.75 mm

1.67 mm

3.06 g

Steel with a copper cover

Smooth with a single groove

5 cents / ˆ0.05

21.25 mm

1.67 mm

3.92 g

Steel with a copper cover

Smooth

10 cents / ˆ0.10

19.75 mm

1.93 mm

4.10 g

Copper alloy (Nordic gold)

Scalloped (ribbed edge)

20 cents / ˆ0.20

22.25 mm

2.14 mm

5.74 g

Copper alloy (Nordic gold)

Smooth with seven indentations ("Spanish flower")

50 cents / ˆ0.50

24.25 mm

2.38 mm

7.80 g

Copper alloy (Nordic gold)

Scalloped (ribbed edge)

1 euro / ˆ1.00

23.25 mm

2.33 mm

7.50 g

Inner: Cupronickel
Outer: Nickel brass

Six alternating segments, three smooth, three finely ribbed

2 euros / ˆ2.00

25.75 mm

2.20 mm

8.50 g

Inner: Nickel brass
Outer: Cupronickel

Varies between national issues. Most are finely ribbed with edge lettering.

 

Arrow Different types of euro coins
 

Euro coins are issued by the Member States belonging to the euro area (euro banknotes are issued by the European Central Bank), and have legal tender status throughout the whole euro area.  There are three types of euro coin: normal, commemorative and collector coins.

Normal coins

Commemorative coins

Collector coins

Intended for circulation

Intended for circulation

Not intended for circulation

Legal tender in all euro area Member States

Legal tender in all euro area Member States

Legal tender only in the country of issue

Issued at face value

Issued at face value

Selling price equal to or above face value

Eight denominations (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, 1 and 2 euro)

Single denomination (2 euro)

Face value different from coins intended for circulation

Common design on the reverse side

Common design on the reverse side

No images which are similar to the common side of the circulation coins

Have a national obverse side (the design is surrounded by twelve stars)

Have a national obverse side (the design is surrounded by twelve stars)

The obverse side should be at least slightly different from the

national design for circulation coins

 

 

Identity of the issuing Member State should be clearly and

easily recognisable

Technical specifications are harmonised by a Council Regulation

Technical specifications of the 2-euro coin

Should differ significantly from the circulation coins for at least two

of the following three characteristics: colour, diameter and weight

 

State

EU

Euro-zone

Shengen

ERM 2

Fixed rates

Notes until

Coins until

Belgium

YES

YES

YES

 

BEF 40.3399

Unlimited

31.12.2004

Germany

YES

YES

YES

 

DEM 1.95583

Unlimited

Unlimited

Greece

YES

YES

YES

 

GRD 340.750

1.3.2012

1.3.2004

Spain

YES

YES

YES

 

ESP 166.386

Unlimited

Unlimited

France

YES

YES

YES

 

FRF 6.55957

17.2.2012

17.2.2005

Ireland

YES

YES

NO

 

IEP 0.787564

Unlimited

Unlimited

Italy

YES

YES

YES

 

ITL 1936.27

29.2.2012

29.2.2012

Luxembourg

YES

YES

YES

 

LUF 40.3399

Unlimited

31.12.2004

Netherlands

YES

YES

YES

 

NLG 2.20371

1.1.2032

1.1.2007

Austria

YES

YES

YES

 

ATS 13.7603

Unlimited

Unlimited

Portugal

YES

YES

YES

 

PTE 200.482

28.2.2022

31.12.2002

Finland

YES

YES

YES

 

FIM 5.94573

29.2.2012

29.2.2012

Denmark

YES

NO

YES

YES (1.1.1999)

 

 

 

Sweden

YES

NO

YES

NO

 

 

 

United Kingdom

YES

NO

NO

 

 

 

 

Norway

NO

NO

YES

NO

 

 

 

Switzerland

NO

NO

YES

 

 

 

 

Estonia

YES

NO

NO

YES (28.6.2004)

 

 

 

Cyprus

YES

YES(1.1.2008)

NO

YES (2.5.2005)

CYP .585274

31.12.2017

31.12.2009

Latvia

YES

NO

NO

YES (2.5.2005)

 

 

 

Lithuania

YES

NO

NO

YES (28.6.2004)

 

 

 

Malta

YES

YES(1.1.2008)

NO

YES (2.5.2005)

MTL 0.4293

31.1.2018

1.2.2010

Slovenia

YES

YES(1.1.2007)

NO

YES (28.6.2004)

SIT 239.64

Unlimited

31.12.2016

Slovakia

YES

NO

NO

YES (28.11.2005)

 

 

 

Czech Republic

YES

NO

NO

NO

 

 

 

Hungary

YES

NO

NO

NO

 

 

 

Poland

YES

NO

NO

NO

 

 

 

National identification codes

Code

Country

Checksum

Z

Belgium

9

Y

Greece

1

X

Germany

2

(W)

(Denmark)

3

V

Spain

4

U

France

5

T

Ireland

6

S

Italy

7

(R)

(Luxembourg)

8

(Q)

Not Used

P

Netherlands

1

(O)

Not Used

N

Austria

3

M

Portugal

4

L

Finland

5

(K)

(Sweden)

6

(J)

(Un.Kingdom)

7

(I)

Not Used

H

Slovenia

9

G

Cyprus

1

F

Malta

2

a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

j

k

l

m

n

o

p

q

r

s

t

u

v

w

x

y

z

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26