The last two denominations of the Europa series of euro banknotes start circulating today. The denominations of the new series have been introduced gradually in ascending order. With discontinuation of the production of the €500 note, this latest addition completes the series.
The new banknotes feature upgraded public security features: a satellite hologram and an enhanced emerald number. The hologram is visible at the top of the silvery stripe – when the banknote is tilted, small € symbols are seen moving around the number. The silvery stripe also shows a portrait of Europa, the architectural motif and a large € symbol. The emerald number in the bottom left corner displays an effect of the light that moves up and down, while the number changes colour from emerald green to deep blue. While all banknotes of the Europa series have an emerald number feature, the new €100 and €200 banknotes also show € symbols inside the number.
The new €100 and €200 notes are the same height as the €50 note, making it more convenient for storing in wallets and pockets. For the visually impaired, there are large value numerals in a bolder design with more contrasting shades to make the banknotes easier to identify by colour. There are also tactile marks near the edges of the banknotes that are different for each denomination.