The Europa series €5 started circulating in the euro area on 2 May 2013. On 13 January 2014 Yves Mersch, member of the ECB’s Executive Board, unveiled the second banknote of this series, the €10, at a press conference in Frankfurt am Main. The security features of this banknote were made public several weeks earlier in a game that is still online.
The new €10 will start circulating on 23 September 2014. The other banknotes in the series will be introduced gradually over several years, in ascending order. The denominations remain unchanged: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.
The new €10 banknote of the Europa series will start circulating on September 23 acording to a statement from the ECB. The new €10 banknote will be very easy to check manually and visually, using the “feel, look and tilt”
method. In addition to the portrait of Europa in the hologram and the watermark, the notes include an emerald number, which changes colour from emerald green to deep blue when tilted. The €5 and €10 banknotes of the Europa series are more durable as they have a protective coating. This means that the banknotes will need to be replaced less frequently, thus lowering costs and reducing the impact on the environment. Over time, the Eurosystem will gradually upgrade all the euro banknotes in ascending order.
The Eurosystem is taking steps to support the adaptation
of cash-handling machines and authentication devices by the September launch date. Owners of such equipment are advised to contact their suppliers or manufacturers as soon as possible in order to get ready for the new €10 note.