5 Euro Europa series Security Features

Source: The European Central Bank


Feel the banknote. It is crisp and firm.



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Feel the banknote. On the front, there is a series of short raised lines on the left and right edges. The main image, the lettering and the large value numeral also feel thicker.



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Look at the banknote against the light. A faint image becomes visible and shows a portrait of Europa (a figure from Greek mythology), the value of the banknote and a window. The portrait also appears in the hologram.




Security thread
Look at the banknote against the light. The security thread appears as a dark stripe. The € symbol and the value of the banknote can be seen in tiny white lettering in that stripe.



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Portrait hologram

Tilt the banknote. The silvery stripe on the right reveals a portrait of Europa – the same one as in the watermark. The stripe also shows a window and the value of the banknote.



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Emerald number

Tilt the banknote. The shiny number in the bottom left corner displays an effect of the light that moves up and down. The number also changes colour from emerald green to deep blue.



Some areas of the banknote feature a series of tiny letters. This microprint can be read with a magnifying glass. The letters are sharp, not blurred.





Under standard UV light
    • The paper itself does not glow, i.e. it does not emit light and is dark.

    • Small fibres embedded in the paper appear. Each fibre shows three different colours
    • On the front, the stars in the EU flag, the small circles as well as the large stars glow yellow. Several other areas also glow yellow.
    • On the back, a quarter of a circle in the centre of the banknote as well as several other areas glow green. The horizontal serial number and a stripe appear in red.





Under special ultraviolet light (UV-C)

On the front, the small circles in the centre glow yellow, the large stars and several other areas glow orange. The € symbol also becomes visible.





Under infrared light, on the front of the banknote, only the emerald number, the right side of the main image and the silvery stripe are visible. On the back, only the value numeral and the horizontal serial number are visible.