Banknotes

There are two series of banknotes. The first series comprises seven different denominations: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. The second series or Europa series consists of six denominations and will be completed with the issuance of the €100 and €200 in 2019. There will be no €500 banknote. The first series of notes, originally issued in 2002, is gradually being replaced by the Europa series. All the notes are legal tender throughout the euro area.

Key dates
17 September 2018
Unveiling of the new €100 and €200 banknotes
4 April 2018

Introduction of the new €50

5 July 2016

Unveiling of the Europa series €50 banknote

25 November 2015
Introduction of the new €20
24 February 2015
Unveiling of the Europa series €20 banknote
1 January 2015
Adoption of the euro by Lithuania
23 September 2014
Introduction of the new €10
13 January 2014
Unveiling of the Europa series €10 banknote
1 January 2014
Adoption of the euro by Latvia
2 May 2013
Introduction of the new €5
10 January 2013
Unveiling of the Europa series €5 banknote
8 November 2012
ECB announces introduction of a second series of euro banknotes, named the Europa series
1 January 2011
Adoption of the euro by Estonia
1 January 2009
Adoption of the euro by Slovakia
1 January 2008
Adoption of the euro by Cyprus and Malta
1 January 2007
Adoption of the euro by Slovenia
1 January 2002
Introduction of euro banknotes and coins in 12 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain