5 Euro Europa series security features

Source: The European Central Bank


The banknote paper consists of pure cotton, which feels crisp and firm (not limp or waxy).



 raised_print Raised Print

Special printing makes the ink feel raised or thicker in the main image, the lettering and the value numerals on the front of the banknotes. To feel the raised print, run your finger over it or scratch it gently with your fingernail.

Additional tactile marks for the visually impaired are included on the bottom edge of the €200 banknote and on the right-hand edge of the €500.



 portrait_watermark_new_5 Portrait watermark
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.



 hologram_stripehologram_stripe Hologram stripe
Tilt the banknote – the hologram image will change between the value and the € symbol on a rainbow-coloured background. At the edges, tiny letters show the value.
Genuine            Counterfeit



 glossy_stripeglossy_stripe Glossy stripe
Tilt the banknote – a gold-coloured stripe will appear on the back. It shows the value and the € symbol.
Genuine            Counterfeit



On some areas of the banknote you can see tiny writing, e.g. inside the “EYPΩ” (EURO in Greek characters) on the front. You will need a magnifying glass to see it. The microprinting is sharp (not blurred).





Under UV light
    • the paper itself does not glow.
    • fibres embedded in the paper appear, coloured red, blue and green.
    • the flag of the European Union looks green and has orange stars.
    • the signature of the ECB President turns green.
    • the large stars and small circles on the front glow. The map, bridge and value numeral on the back appear in yellow.