Europa Series: 100 Euro Banknote Security Features


Feel the banknote. It should be crisp and firm. Run your finger across the front of the banknote. You can feel a series of short raised lines on the left and right edges. They make it easy to identify the banknote, especially for visually impaired people. The main image, the large value numeral, and the lettering also feel thicker. Look at the banknote against the light. A faint image becomes visible and shows a portrait of Europa, the value of the banknote and a window. If you put the banknote on a dark surface, the light areas become darker. This effect is easy to see in the value numeral in the top right part of the watermark. The watermark can be seen on both sides of the banknote. Look at the banknote against the light. The security thread appears as a dark stripe. On it you can see the value of the banknote and the € symbol. Look at the banknote against the light. The window near the top of the hologram becomes transparent and reveals a portrait of Europa which is visible on both sides of the note. A portrait of Europa and a window appear near the top of the hologram. When the banknote is tilted, the window also shows rainbow-coloured lines around the large € symbol. On the back of the banknote, rainbow-coloured value numerals appear in the window. Portrait hologram. Tilt the banknote. The silvery stripe on the right reveals a portrait of Europa. The stripe also shows the satellite hologram, the main image, and a large € symbol. Satellite hologram.Tilt the banknote. At the top of the silvery stripe € symbols move around the number. The € symbols become clearer under direct light. Tilt the banknote. The emerald 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 and € symbols appear inside the number. In certain areas of the banknote you can see some tiny letters. This microprint can be read with a magnifying glass. These letters are sharp, not blurred. Under UV light, the paper itself does not glow. Small fibres embedded in the paper appear. Each fibre shows three different colours. On the front, the stars in the European flag, the small circles as well as some of 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 glows green. The horizontal serial number and a stripe appear in red. Under UV-C light on the front, the stars in the European flag and the small circles glow. The large stars and some other areas glow orange or yellow. A large € symbol in the centre also becomes visible. Under infrared light, on the front only the emerald number, part of the large numeral, parts of the main image and the silvery stripe are visible. On the back, besides the window, only the value numeral and the horizontal serial number are visible.

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