The likelihood of receiving a counterfeit is very small indeed, given that there are around 25 billion euro banknotes in circulation worldwide. €50 notes continued to be the most counterfeited banknotes in the Netherlands, and the share of low-quality counterfeits remained large. You can check the security features of your notes by using the simple “feel, look and tilt” method. This method alone will distinguish genuine notes from counterfeit ones in the majority of cases. Also, retailers increasingly check euro banknotes using detection devices certified by the European Central Bank.
For more information on how to check whether banknotes are genuine, go to our web page “Checking authenticity”. Careful checks ensure that suspect banknotes are promptly detected, preventing criminals from paying with counterfeits.
Table 1:Counterfeit euro banknotes recovered
per six-month period (in thousands)
Table 2: Breakdown of counterfeits by denomination in the first half of 2020, as percentages of all recovered counterfeits
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For more information, please contact Herman Lutke Schipholt at +31 20 524 2712 or +31 65 249 6900.