The Euro bank notes are printed in seven different denominations, ranging from 5 euro to 500 euro. The European Central Bank is the authority that backs the euro and also protects its value against counterfeiting. The euro notes have unique characteristics different from other world currencies that protect them from counterfeit reproductions. Use these tips to help you detect counterfeit euro bank notes.
Get a euro bank note that you know to be original and compare it to a test note of the same denominational value. Compare the two notes side by side under the light. Look for missing symbols or missing small letters in the test note that are present in the original note.
Feel the texture of the euro bank notes to spot counterfeits. The Euro notes are made of 100% cotton material, this make the notes feels hard, stiff and firm when touched; not flimsy. Run your finger tips over the note to feel its texture.
Hold the euro note against plain light and look for the whole denomination number on all corners on both sides of the bank note. The number looks perfectly printed, not missing corners or missing ink in any parts. Also, note a dark security stripe across the note.
Hold the note at an angle under the light and look for a Hologram symbol. The hologram image changes from the value number to a window or to a door symbol interchangeably. Also, look for the denomination number on the back of the euro note that changes from purple to a green color.
Use a commercial ultra violet lamp to check counterfeit euro bank notes if you have any doubts. Place the note under the UV light and look for the following features: the signature of the president of the European Central Bank and the flag symbols turn green, the star symbols look orange under UV light.
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