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New fiver goes into circulation in May

The Bank of Finland has unveiled a new five-euro bank note to go into circulation in Finland and the rest of Europe next month. The new bill is the first in a series of updates to be applied to all euro notes.

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The new five-euro bill. Image: EKP

It’s been 11 years since the common currency was adopted by members of the eurozone. Since that time, no significant changes have been made to euro notes. The new Europa series of bills, however will introduce new security features aimed at stonewalling counterfeiters.

According to an EU website dedicated to familiarising users with the forthcoming notes, the new fivers will feature a portrait of Europa – a figure from Greek mythology said to be courted by the god Zeus – in the watermark and hologram.

The bill also has a security thread as well as infrared and micro print properties. Additionally the numeral 5 on the bank note is now emerald green.

Money lovers will be able to get their hands on the new bills mostly at banks and business places that engage in cash transactions.

After the five-euro bank note, the European Central Bank and national central bankers will gradually introduce updated bills in other denominations.  

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