A Quick Check

Look, feel and tilt

How can you quickly check a euro banknote? Just use the simple look, feel and tilt method.

€ 5 Back

First Series

  • 1 Watermark

Hold the banknote up against the light. The building and the value numeral 5 should appear in the watermark. The numeral should be lighter. If you put the banknote on a dark surface, the watermark, especially the value numeral, should be darker.


  • 2 Raised print

Run your fingers across the front of the banknote. The striped area at the top of the banknote, the large numeral 5 and the line reading ©BCE ECB EZB EKT EKP can be felt clearly.


  • 3 Hologram

If you tilt the banknote, the value numeral 5 will change to the € symbol. Note the colour effects.


  • 4 Glossy stripe

If you look at the back of the banknote and tilt it, a gold-coloured glossy stripe will appear. It changes from golden yellow to almost fully transparent. It shows the value 5 and the € symbol.