Europe Reveals Ultra-Secure Banknote
Europe revealed its newest, most secure banknote on July 5. The orange banknote has a number of new security features, including a secret window on its left side. When held against the light, it reveals a portrait of Europa, a figure from Greek mythology.
The bill’s design includes features that disappear when viewed under an infrared and ultraviolet light, helping handlers determine which banknotes are authentic. The front side of the banknote also includes a shiny number that changes color from emerald green to deep blue when tilted.
"The introduction of the new €50 will make our currency even safer, its state-of-the-art security features help protect our money," said Yves Mersch, an executive board member at the European Central Bank.
The redesigned €50 note is part of a new Europa series, the second produced by the eurozone. The €50 is the fourth denomination to be introduced, after the €5, €10 and €20.
The front side of the notes depict windows in architectural styles from different periods in Europe's history. Bridges are featured on the opposite side.