Checking authenticity

Do you want to check whether a banknote is genuine ore counterfeit? You can check the authenticity of a banknote by using the simple feel, look and tilt method. This will reveal the different security features. We have also developed useful apps, and retailers can purchase special detection equipment.

Security features

Each euro banknote has several security features, which you can use to check their authenticity.

Each euro banknote has several security features.

Security features of the new series of euro banknotes include:

When you hold the banknote against the light, a watermark will appear.

Watermark.When you hold the banknote against the light, a portrait of the princess Europa and the numeral will appear.

Each banknote has a series of short raised lines on the left and right edges.

Raised print. Feel the raised lines on the left and right edges of the banknote. The lines are continuous on the €5 note, interrupted once on the €10 note and interrupted twice on the €20 note.

All euro banknotes have an emerald number.

The emerald number. Tilt the banknote and you will see an green light bar that moves up and down over the numeral.

TIP: the older and the new euro banknotes have similarsecurity features,  but they look subtly different. For example, the watermark of the old €20 banknote shows a building with the number 20.

Feel-look-tilt

You can check the authenticity of a banknote by using the simple feel, look and tilt method. This will reveal the different security features.

Apps

The genuine or counterfeit app allows you to check the authenticity of banknotes. You can use the camera on your mobile phone to scan the banknote for security features. Watch theinstruction video (with English subtitles). Download the app (free) for iPhone and Android.         

Another handy tool is the euro banknote app, which shows you how to check a euro note and what to look out for. Download the free app foriPhoneand Android.           

Detection devices

DNB and other central banks have tested different detection devices. The ECB's website has the test results and the contact details of producers of detection devices. Questions on testing? Mail to framework@dnb.nl.