How false notes can be detected and what to do with them


Since the Euro started to be used at the beginning of 2002, there has been lots of tries to create a forgery that could be distributed to the whole European Union. The truth is that the notes were created with excellent security measures that makes very difficult to do exact copies of them. Also, during this past year, new 5 euro note, that improves its security, started to be used. It is also planned to start using new 10 euro note in September 2014, as these are the most used among the Europeans.

The best way to know if a note is good or not is to follow the following 3 easy steps:


- The paper: The notes are done with cotton fiber and for this reason are sensitive to the sense of firm and strong touch.
- Print in relief: In the note’s obverse, it can be touched that letters BCE ECB EZB EKT EKP are in relief, as well as in other areas such as in the number or in the images.


- Watermark: If you look at the note against the light, we can see that there is a diffused and clear image, while if you look at it over a dark surface, the watermark can be seen darker.
- Security thread: The note has a vertical dark band in the middle of the note.
- Coincidence: On the upper left handside corner of the note’s obverse we can see the number of the note without any parts, which is completed with the note’s back.


- Hologram: On the right hand side it has a hologram that shows the note’s value and the Euro symbol.
- Iridescent Band: If we turn on the note we can see a vertical golden band with the value and Euro symbol.

If after all this, you still think that somebody is giving you a false note, you can ask them to change it for another one. You have the right to do so.

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