DNB and euro banknotes

Clean, undamaged and genuine euro banknotes, that's what you count on. De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) is committed to realising this. For example, we issue new banknotes. We also check used banknotes for counterfeits, damage and soiling. We are closely involved in the design of new banknotes. Obviously, we also work to combat counterfeiting.

DNB issues new euro banknotes.

Euro banknotes and euro countries

The euro is co-produced by DNB and other euro area central banks.

We do not design, issue and check banknotes on our own. We work together with the European Central Bank (ECB) and the central banks of the other 18 euro countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

Euro banknotes: 7 types of banknotes

DNB issues euro banknotes in seven denominations.

Across the globe, twenty billion euro banknotes are in circulation, with a total value of more than EUR 1,000 billion (2016). 338 million Europeans in 19 euro countries use them. In the Netherlands, banknote circulation is between 300 and 400 million. There are seven different denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro. Each denomination has its own distinctive size, colour and design. Read more about their design.

€500 banknotes

We will stop issuing €500 banknotes in late 2018.

The ECB will stop issuing €500 banknotes in late 2018. They retain their value and can always be exchanged at DNB and the national central banks of the other euro countries.