Since this Wednesday Europe’s consumers can get their hands on him: the new 20-euro note. Gradually, the banks now bringing 4.3 billion piece of retreaded banknote among the people – at ATMs, bank counters and tills.
However, consumers do not get in any case once new bills when they withdraw money or get change when shopping. Because the old twenties remain valid and are only gradually pulled by the central banks from the market -. Such as when they are very dirty, damaged
The risk of getting palmed a false Zwanziger, is reduced in the future , With new security features counterfeiters should be further complicated the craft. So far, no euro note
is the world so often falsified as the Twenties In particular, the novel hologram window to the criminals a headache -. To the delight of the central banks and for the benefit of consumers.
“With the new twenties a milestone has been reached in the banknote technology,” exults Bundesbank board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele in Frankfurt.
If you hold the banknote against the light, the window is transparent. There is a portrait of the mythological figure Europe, which can be seen from both sides of the bill appears.
Do not copy
The illustrated portrait of the continent’s namesake comes from a more than 2000 year old vase from southern Italy, which is to visit the Louvre in Paris. “The window can not be with a color copy produced,” explains Thiele.
And that’s important. Because of the already imported retreaded marks the Europa series, the quintet (2013) and Ten (2014), the authorities only simple color copies of inferior quality went far into the net. “That goes with the window not. It requires a totally different technique,” exults Thiele.
The change in the place 20-euro bill at a glance. Most notable: the large number on the front moves into the center – as with all new euro notes
Although likely also from the blue banknote of the second generation soon first flowers. come into circulation, believes Stefan Hardt, head of the central cash by the Bundesbank. But he is convinced: “They will be very bad, and easy to identify as counterfeit.”
In Germany, many 50 euro flowers
This is the Twenties particularly important, finally, was He in the first half 2015 the world of criminals most counterfeited euro note. More than half of all flowering was a twenty (55 percent). In Germany, the proportion of all counterfeits with 41 percent, however, slightly lower. In this country, more false fifties were (48 percent) ensured
Nevertheless stresses Thiele: “There is need for action.” The situation is similar, ECB President Mario Draghi, who underlined in February: “The 20-euro note is important because it is one of the most used notes in the euro area.”
Carl-Ludwig Thiele, board member of the Bundesbank in Frankfurt, . with a new 20-euro note
4300 tons of money
4.3 billion banknotes are printed – a total weight of about 4300 tons. Placed side by side they would make a area of 5767 football fields cover, Thiele said.
The central banks make even more new Zwanziger willing than are currently on the first series in circulation. According to figures from the Bundesbank are currently over all denominations across 18.1 billion euro banknotes worth 1.05 billion euros in transport, of which 3.3 billion 20-euro notes.
More than 27,000 ATMs converted
For the introduction of the new Zwanziger vending operators and banks are trained according to the Bundesbank for nine months. Because almost 27,400 units, about ticket or ATMs had to be changed. Finally, the chaos of May 2013 not be repeated.
At the time, the new five-euro note landed while in the wallets of consumers. But ticket or parking ticket, people could not pay in many vending machines in Europe it because their software was not changed in time and the certificates were therefore not accepted.