First were the five euro banknotes in 2013, followed by the ten euro banknotes in 2014. A year later the new banknotes of 20 euros and 50 banknotes began to circulate. Now it is the turn of the largest.
The new 100 and 200 euro banknotes will go into circulation as of May 28 and complete the so-called “Europa Series”, which has gradually replaced the “old” notes, released in 2002.
Through a video, the European Central Bank (ECB) explains the characteristics of the notes, highlighting the security measures.
According to what was advanced by the ECB in September last year, “the new 100 and 200 euro banknotes have dimensions different from the 100 and 200 banknotes in the first series. The width of these two denominations is the same as the one of 50 euros. The length remains, however, unchanged – the longer the length, the higher the note value. “
According to the same description, the new notes can be “handled and processed more easily by the machines and fit better in the wallets of those who use them and have greater durability, since they will be subject to less wear and deterioration.”
The new safety features offer greater protection against counterfeiting and increase the safety of notes.