Five euro bill 2.0

The new five euro bill will be the first one to enter circulation on 2 May | Photo: ECB

The new five euro bill will be the first one to enter circulation on 2 May | Photo: ECB

In May, a cashier could surprise you with a new €5 bill in your change. The new paper money will be brought into circulation on 2 May in Austria and throughout the eurozone. The modernised bills have been planned for years and were developed to tackle insufficient security and to keep the bills state-of-the-art.

The new hologram and watermark shows Europa, the figure from Greek mythology, and the digit changes from dark green to deep blue when the bill is tilted. The design has not changed much: The grey colour remains, along with the imaginary buildings symbolising unity between member states.

Once a year, new bills will replace the old ones and be brought into circulation. After an undefined time period, the original bills will lose their status as legal tender, but can be exchanged at banks at any time.

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