New €100 and €200 Banknotes

The European Central Bank has confirmed the issue of new €100 and €200 notes started at the beginning of June.

The new notes have some very advanced security measures, using what is known as the “feel, look and tilt” method.

The new €100 and €200 notes are the final two in the Europa series, which was introduced to replace the original notes.

The new notes are now the same height as the €50 banknote, a move taken to make them easier to process by machines.

The ECB said that at the end of 2018 there were about 2.7 billion €100 notes in circulation, amounting to 13% of the total banknotes. Old versions remain legal tender but will be gradually withdrawn by banks.

How to Spot a Dud 100€ or 200€ Banknote

Look to the top of the silver stripe. A satellite hologram shows € symbols that appear to move around the number when the banknote is tilted. This becomes clearer under direct light.

The silver stripe also shows a portrait of Europa, an architectural design and a € symbol.

In addition there is an enhanced emerald number. While the emerald number is present on all the other notes of the Europa series, this enhanced version also shows € symbols inside the number.

These enhanced security features all make them more resistant to counterfeiting.